Wednesday, January 14, 2015

15 intimate snapshots of the Romanov family, shortly before their execution


Snapshots of the Romanovs

Russian imperial family photographs, hand-tinted by the tsar's daughter 

Anastasia Romanov pulling a face 

Many of these rare pictures of the imperial Romanov family were taken by head of the family and Russia's last tsar himself, Nicholas II. An insatiable photographer, the tsar took great care of his pictures, filing them carefully in numerous albums. He passed down his love for photography to Maria, his third daughter, who was responsible for coloring most of the pictures.

Within a year of the last pictures, the Russian Revolution took place. The tsar was forced to abdicate and the family was exiled. In Yekaterinburg on July 17, 1918, they were shot on Lenin's orders.

Tsar Nicholas II with daughters (left to right) Maria, Anastasia, Olga and Tatiana Romanov. 

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