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Maria Alexandrovna, Empress consort of all the Russias, lived 1824-1880. Born Marie of Hesse, daughter of Louis II of Hesse and Wihelmine of Baden, the youngest sister of the Empress Elizaveta Alexeievna. Mother of Alexander III. The Mariinsky Theater is named after her. (Portrait by Franz Xaver Winterhelter.)
A rare portrait of Peter I The Great by Rastrelli, the favorite architect of Elizabeth I, Peter's daughter, St Petersburg, 1721. Done before the death of Peter who died in 1725.