with the highest officers of the staff and commanders of units after the signing of the Treaty of San Stefano in 1878 before leaving for Russia Russian Empire (?), unknown photo studio, after 1878.
Russian Empire (?), unknown photo studio,
Photo: 18 x 23.7 cm, passe-partout: 18.8 x 24.4 cm.
Owner's notes in pencil on the reverse side of the photo.
Among those depicted:
Grand Duke Nikolai Nikolaevich Romanoff (the Elder) is in the center; the commander of the 1st Guards Infantry Division, Major General O.E. Raukh (1834–1890) is to the left of Grand Duke; the commander of the Life Guards Cavalry Regiment V.B. Fredericks (1838-1927) is the third on the right in the first row; Colonel D. A. Skalon (1840-1919), adjutant of Grand Duke Nikolai Nikolaevich the Elder is the sixth on the right in the third row; the commander of the 11th Army Corps, Lieutenant General Prince A. I. Shakhovskoy (1822–1891) is the seventh on the right in the third row; the commander of the Ulansky Life Guards Regiment, Major General A.P. Strukov (1840–1911) is the ninth on the right in the third row.
The photo is considered a historical rarity since photographs of the period of the Russian-Turkish war of 1877–1878, especially those taken in the field, are almost never found.
Grand Duke Nikolai Nikolaevich was the last knight of the 1st degree Order of St. George in history. He is captured in the photo with the insignia of the Order of St. George of three degrees (1st, 2nd and 4th). The photo was taken after April 16, 1878 when the Grand Duke Nikolai Nikolaevich was granted the position of field marshal general.