Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich Romanov (the Elder), photo in frame, with autograph

1. Photo of Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich Romanov (the Elder) in uniform of a general field marshal with all orders of Russian Empire, including order of St. Andrew the Apostle the First-Called and St. George 1st class.
Russian Empire, photo studio of K. Bergamasco, 1879.
Size of photo (visible): 16.5 x 10.5 cm. Under the photo there's a handwritten autograph of the Grand Duke in Cyrillic in black ink "Nikolai / 1879".
In the right lower corner of the photo - stamped facsimile signature of the photographer: "Bergamasco".

2. Frame and passepartout.
Unknown workshop, end of 19th-beginning of 20th century.
Size: 29.2 x 22.3 cm. Wood, gilding.

Nicholas Nikolaevich Romanov the Elder (1831-1891) - Grand Duke, the third son of Emperor Nicholas I. General Field Marshal (1878), honorary member of the St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences (1855). In 1864-1880 he was Commander in Chief of the Guard and the St. Petersburg military district. In 1864-1891 he was Inspector-General of cavalry.


Bergamasco Karl Ivanovich (Charles) (1830-1896) - owner of a photo workshop in St. Petersburg. In 1863 he received permission to be called "the photographer of the Imperial Theatres" on the condition that "he undertook to compile for the Directorate free of charge an archive and reference album of portraits of artists in all their costumes from new ballets and operas produced on the local stage". Prominent artists such as M.A. Zichi, S.K. Zaryanko and I. Charlemagne worked in his studio. In 1865, he became a photographer for Grand Duke Nikolai Nikolaevich Romanov (senior).

He received many prizes at exhibitions in Berlin (1865, 1895), Paris (1867), Hamburg (1868), St. Petersburg (1870), Vienna (1873), London (1874), Philadelphia (1876) and others. In the 1890s, he finished his activities.