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Grand Duchess Elisabeth (Ella) Romanov of Russia - Antique Photographic Postcard 1907

£195.00

Fine antique imperial Russian photo postcard of Grand Duchess Elisabeth of Russia (1864 - 1918), wearing mourning clothes following the murder of her husband Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich. There is a facsimile autograph of the Grand Duchess below the image.

She was canonized as Holy Martyr, she was a German princess of the House of Hesse, and the wife of Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich of Russia in 1884, he was the fifth son of Emperor Alexander II of Russia and Princess Marie of Hesse and the Rhine. She was a granddaughter of Queen Victoria and an older sister of Alexandra, the last Russian Empress, Elisabeth became famous in Russian society for her beauty and charitable works among the poor. After the Socialist Revolutionary Party's Combat Organization murdered her husband with a dynamite bomb in 1905, Elizabeth publicly forgave Sergei's murderer, Ivan Kalyayev, and campaigned without success for him to be pardoned. In 1909 she departed the Imperial Court and became a nun, founding the Marfo-Mariinsky Convent dedicated to helping the downtrodden of Moscow. In 1918 she was arrested and ultimately executed by the Bolsheviks. In 1981 Elizabeth was canonized by the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, and in 1992 by the Moscow Patriarchate.

Size:  14.5 x 9.5 cm approx

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