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    Sale 7630

    Russian Works of Art

    24 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 61

    An album of the Belovezha Forest and the Imperial visit of Nicholas II

    BY L. GELGOR GRODNO', 1912

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    An album of the Belovezha Forest and the Imperial visit of Nicholas II
    by L. Gelgor Grodno', 1912
    Rectangular, containing 30 photographs mounted within 15 pages, bound in green canvas, the upper cover titled in Russian 'Views of the Belovezha 1912', illustrating the Imperial family's visits, the hunting lodge and seasonal views of the woodland and fauna in the Belovezha Forest, signed in Cyrillic on the upper corner of the first page
    18. 5 in. (21.7 cm.) long


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    This album illustrates the last major Imperial hunt at Belovezha in 1912.
    Known as Belavezhskaya-Pushcha, this ancient forest is located in the border region spanning Belarus and Poland. It is one of the largest remaining parts of the immense primeval forest which once spread across the European plain and is the only remaining native habitat of the European bison.

    A Royal hunting ground from the 14th century, it became the hunting reserve of the Romanov family, who built the lodge (completely destroyed during the second world war, apart from the stables) where Imperial hunts where frequently organized. The last photograph depicts the famous monument of a bison, commemorating the hunt of Tsar Alexander II on the 6th and 7th of October 1860, when the Emperor shot 10 bison, 2 elk, 10 goats, 8 gazelles, 5 wolves, 5 foxes and one badger.

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