Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna of Russia

SKU: 8008732


Autograph letter signed, four page - on two conjoined sheets (both sides), 5,25 x 8 inch, Ballerup (Denmark), 29.08.1932 (whilst in exile*), in French - with occasional Russian word thrown in, reply letter to "Siocha" (her former tutor Ferdinand Thormeyer, 1858-1944) - Olga writes that she started cycling, describes a visit to the zoo and going to the cinema for the movie `Nuits de Hongrie`, written and signed in blue ink "Olga", with mild signs of wear - in fine to very fine condition. 

In parts:
"Mon cher Siocha - Je suis si contente de savoir que vous avez pu faire une petite promenade dans les montagnes - Bravo! Je n`aurais pas pu monter si vite pour sur - je n`aime pas grimper & préfere faire mes longues promenades - sur le terrain plat! Merci, mon genoux va si bien que je peux m`agenouiller - sur quelque chose pas trop dure. Aussi je peux me promener & même `bicycler` très bien. Oui cela faisait un mal considerable - les premiers jours. Mon mari était furieux naturellement; quand quelq`un - qu`on aime fait fait des bêtises ou se fait mal - on est toujours furieux contre eux! Cela j`ai remarqué - & vous? Je me mets des compresses échauffautes chaque nuit - pour être sur le côté sûre (comme disent les anglais.) Eh! bien nous continuons de remercier le bon Dieu [...]"

"My dear Siocha - I'm so happy to know that you were able to take a little walk in the mountains - Well done! I couldn`t have climbed so fast for sure - I don`t like to climb & prefer to take my long walks - on flat ground! Thanks, my knees are so good I can kneel - on something not too hard. Also I can walk & even `bike` very well. Yes it did considerable harm - the first few days. My husband was furious of course; when someone - whom we love does something stupid or hurts themselves - we are always furious with them! This I noticed - & you? I put on warming compresses every night - to be on the safe side (as the English say.) Hey! well we continue to thank the good God [...]"

* Olga escaped revolutionary Russia with her second husband and their two sons in February 1920.

Further Information on the person

(1882-1960) Youngest child of Emperor Alexander III of Russia and younger sister of Emperor Nicholas II.

Year of Birth: 1882

Biography (AI generated)

Olga Alexandrovna Grand Duchess of Russia was born on 3rd September 1882 in Peterhof Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia. She was the fourth daughter of Tsar Alexander III and his wife, Empress Maria Feodorovna. Olga was known for her intelligence, beauty and gentle demeanor. She was also a talented artist and often painted in her spare time. Olga was a loyal and devoted daughter to her parents and was a favorite of her father's.

Olga was educated at home by private tutors and her education was broad and included poetry, literature, music, history, geography, art, mathematics, French, German, English, and Spanish. She was also taught religious studies and was a devout Orthodox Christian. Olga was a keen sports enthusiast and enjoyed skating, tennis, and cycling. She was also a passionate equestrian and was an expert horsewoman.

In 1901, Olga married Grand Duke Paul Alexandrovich of Russia, her cousin. The wedding was a lavish affair and was attended by many of the royal families of Europe. The couple had two children, a daughter named Olga and a son named Dmitri. In 1905, Olga and her husband were forced to flee Russia due to the revolution and they moved to Paris, France. During this time, she supported her family by selling her paintings and giving art lessons.

In 1917, the family returned to Russia and Olga started working for the Red Cross. She was instrumental in helping the wounded soldiers and was often seen visiting the wounded in the hospitals. She also organized a number of charity events and was a great supporter of the arts in Russia. Olga was also a great patron of the Russian Orthodox Church, which she believed was a great source of strength and consolation.

Olga was a much loved and respected figure in Russia and was seen as a symbol of strength and hope during the difficult times of the revolution. She was also a great advocate for women's rights and worked tirelessly to promote education and equal rights for women. Olga passed away on 24th November 1960 in London, England.

Olga Alexandrovna Grand Duchess of Russia was an amazing woman who dedicated her life to helping others and promoting the arts. Her kindness, generosity, and devotion to her family and country are an inspiration to us all.

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