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Russian Poet Pushkin's Daughter Countess Natalie de Merenberg Antique Annotated Calling Card

£550.00

Rare printed calling card annotated in English by Countess Natalie de Merenberg nee Natalie Alexandrovna Pushkina (1836-1913):

"with the greatest pleasure"

She was the daughter of the Russian poet Alexander Sergeevich Pushkin and wife Natalya Nikolaevna Goncharova, and a descendant of Abram Petrovich Gannibal and Petro Doroshenko, Hetman of the Ukrainian Cossacks.

She was divorced from the Russian General Mikhail Leontiovich von Dubelt, by whom she had a daughter. She married into the Royal House of Nassau-Weilburg to Prince Nikolaus Wilhelm of Nassau which was considered morganatic. She had three children with him and so in 1868, when their first child was born, George Victor, Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont created her Countess Natalie de Merenberg, so that her children could bear that name.

From the collection of Richard and Mary Winslow, English aristocrats who had the Villa Winslow in Cannes during the 1890s and were friends with aristocrats and royals from all over the world. Mary was a great beauty and had by family traditon once been a mistress of the Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII.

Size: 11 x 6.5 cm approx

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