Topic: Nicholas Alexandrovich GD
This miniature portrait of the Grand Duke Nicholas Alexandrovich was painted by Alois Gustav Rockstuhl in 1911. It was originally in the personal collection of the Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich, and is now in the collection of the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg.
Born at Tsarskoye Selo, the Grand Duke Nicholas Alexandrovich was born 20th September [O.S. 8 September] 1843. He was the eldest son of the Emperor Alexander II and the Empress Maria Alexandrovna. He was Tsesarevich and Heir-Apparent from 2 March 1855 to his death on April 24th [12th April] 1865.
In the summer of 1864 he became engaged to Princess Dagmar of Denmark (the future Empress Maria Feodorovna). After his death, she married his brother, the Grand Duke Alexander Alexandrovich (the future Emperor Alexander III).
A comprehensive study on the life and death of the Grand Duke Nicholas Alexandrovich will be featured in Royal Russia Annual No. 3 due in January 2013.
© Paul Gilbert. 9 August, 2012