H.I.H. Grand Duke Mikhail Mikhailovitch of Russia (1861-1929), grandson of Tsar Nicholas I of Russia.
Sophia Nicholaievna, Countess de Torby (1868-1927), daughter of Prince Nicholas William of Nassau; m. (morganatically) (1891) H.I.H. Grand Duke Michael Michailovitch of Russia.
Date: 11 August 1902.
Image published in Daisy of Pless: The Happy Years
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Occasion: The Coronation of King Edward VII, 9 August 1902.
Location: The Lafayette Studio, 179 New Bond Street, London.
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Orders, Decorations & Medals: (Grand Duke Michael)
Collar, badge (with diamonds), breast star (with diamonds) and sash of the Order of Saint Andrew First Called (Russia); neck badge, the Russian Orthodox Society of Palestine; breast star of an (honorary) Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (partially visible); badge of the Alexander Cadet Corps (?) & others including the badge of the Order of St. Vladimir, badge of the Order of Adolf of Nassau, Russo-Turkey campaign medal, Alexander III Commemorative Medal and Queen Victoria Jubilee Medal. (Countess de Torby) King Edward VII Coronation Medal 1902.
Furniture & Props: Painted backdrop.
Photographer: Lafayette Ltd., 179 New Bond Street, London.
Evidence of photographer at work: -
No of related negatives: 6 [See 3364, 3364A, 3369, 3369B, 3369D] 1
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Provenance: Pinewood Studios; acquired 1989.
Biog: (Grand Duke Michael) Hugh Montgomery-Massingberd ed., Burke's Royal Families of the World, Vol 1, London, 1977, p. 472a; The Times, 27 April, 1929, p. 17a; The Times, 1 May 1929, p. 15f. (Countess de Torby) Hugh Montgomery-Massingberd ed., Burke's Royal Families of the World, Vol 1, London, 1977, p 241b; The Times, 16 September 1927, p. 13e & 17 September, p. 12a. (See also, The Times, 9 April, 1891, p. 5d; Baroness de Stoeckl, Not all Vanity, London, 1950; Baroness de Stoeckl, My Dear Marquis, London, 1952; David Chavchavadze, The Grand Dukes, New York, 1990; Raleigh Trevelyan, Grand Dukes and Diamonds: The Wernhers of Luton Hoo, London, 1991.)
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Orders, Decorations & Medals: (Order of St. Andrew First Called) R. Werlich, Russian Orders, Decorations and Medals, Washington, 1981, p. 1. (Royal Victorian Order) Burke's Peerage. (Badge, Alexander Cadet Corps) R. Werlich, op cit, p 72; (Queen Victoria Jubilee Medal & King Edward Coronation Medal) Howard N. Cole, Coronation and Royal Commemorative Medals 1887-1977, London, 1977. (Others) Andrew Litherland, Spink's medal department.
Reproduced: Julius Bryant, The Iveagh Bequest: Kenwood, English Heritage, 1990, p 67; (Version, Countess Torby only) The Car, 4 February 1902, p 359; Madame, 8 August 1903, p 263; The Lady's Pictorial, 7 March 1903, front page; The Ladies' Field, 14 February 1903, front page; Madame, 6 August, 1904, p 253; A.C. Fox-Davies, ed., Their Majesties' Court 1906, London, 1907, plate 424; The Gentlewoman, 25 April 1914, p 565.
1 See also group portrait with entourage: Lafayette Royal Album, Ax 36423, National Portrait Gallery Archives.