Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna of Russia Autograph

SKU: 8008957

Sale priceSFr.720,00


Autograph letter signed, four pages - on two conjoined sheets (both sides), 5,25 x 8 inch, Ballerup (Denmark), 26.10.1932 (whilst in exile*), in French - with occasional Russian word thrown in, reply letter to "Siocha" (her former tutor Ferdinand Thormeyer, 1858-1944) - Olga describes her various activities, such as her morning walk and going to the cinema to see Greta Garbo in `Mata Hari`, written and signed in blue ink "Olga", attractively mounted (removable) for display with a photograph, shows Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna of Russia in a chest-up portrait (altogether 11,75 x 8,5 inch), with mild signs of wear - in fine to very fine condition. 

In parts:
"Cher Siocha [...]  La semaine passée nous avons vu un [illegible] avec les enfants très amusante (allemande) [...] puis Thyra & moi avons été voir Greta Garbo qui joue admirablement & finement dans 'Mata Hari'. Si vous avez le temps allez voir cette pièce. C'est l'histoire d'une éspione allemande ... Triste. [...] la joie de vivre ne m`a pas délaissé une minute. Par une claire de lune - j`ai commencé ma promenade du matin & eu revenant à 8h [...] Ma famille de Bernstorff vienne très souvent pour le thé - ma cousine préférée Marie-Louise (de Bade) à pu passer le matin & après midi ici [...]"

"Dear Siocha [...] last week we saw with the children a very funny film at the cinema..then Thyra and I went to see Greta Garbo who plays admirably & finely in 'Mata Hari' [...] if you have time go and see this movie, it is the story of a German spy ... Sad [...]  The joie of living never left me for a minute. I started my morning walk in the moonlight and came back at 8 o'clock [...] My family from Bernstorff comes very often for tea - my favorite cousin Marie-Louise (from Baden) was able to spend the morning and afternoon here [...]"

* 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 was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, on June 3, 1882, the third daughter of Tsar Alexander III and his wife Maria Feodorovna. She was the beloved eldest sister of the last Tsar of Russia, Nicholas II, who was executed in 1918 along with his family. Olga was the first grand duchess of the Romanov dynasty, and she was an important part of the family’s life.

Olga was educated by private tutors, including the famous French educator Pierre de Coubertin. She was an excellent student and excelled in languages, literature, music, and art. As a young woman, Olga was described as a beautiful, graceful, and intelligent woman who was both modest and kind. She was also known for her compassion and generosity towards the less fortunate.

In 1901, Olga married Prince Peter Alexandrovich of Oldenburg, a Russian naval officer. She and Peter had two children, a son, Tikhon, and a daughter, Irina. The couple had a happy marriage, and Olga was an attentive, caring mother to her children.

When World War I broke out in 1914, Olga and her family were forced to flee to the Crimea. Olga and Peter were separated for much of the war, and he was killed in 1916 when his ship was sunk by a German U-boat. Olga was devastated by his death, but she was determined to continue to serve her country. She volunteered as a nurse in military hospitals and worked in a munitions factory.

In 1918, Olga was arrested by the Bolsheviks and placed under house arrest. When the Romanovs were executed in July of that year, Olga was spared, although she was kept under close watch. She remained in captivity until 1920, when she was allowed to escape to England. Olga settled in London, where she lived for the rest of her life. She worked as a governess and later as a bookkeeper at a hospital. Olga also wrote her memoirs, which were published in 1924.

Olga Alexandrovna died in her sleep in 1960, at the age of 77. She was buried at the Russian Orthodox Church of St. Mary Magdalene in London. Despite her tragic life, she was remembered for her courage and dedication to her family and her country. Olga was a symbol of hope and resilience for the Russian people, and her memory continues to live on in the hearts of many.

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