Design of the Medal and Token Commemorating the Construction of the Monument to Nicholas I in Kiev, Kiev Province, 1895


This ink and watercolor document contains designs for the medal and the token issued to commemorate the construction of the monument to Tsar Nicholas I (1796−1855, reigned 1825−55) in Kiev. The designs are by the academician in architecture Vladimir Nikolaev (1847−1911), who also designed the pedestal for the monument. Nikolaev was the municipal and eparchial (diocesan) architect of Kiev at the time and designed many churches and mansions in the city. The statue of Nicholas was by the sculptor Matvei Afanas’evich Chizhov (1838−1916). The monument was erected in University Square and was officially unveiled in August 1896 during a visit to Kiev by Tsar Nicholas II, great-grandson of Nicholas I. The name of Nicholas I traditionally is associated with the opening of the university and the Institute for Noble Girls in Kiev. The monument was demolished in 1920. This document is preserved in the Russian State Historical Archive.

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Киевская губерния. Проект медали и жетона в память сооружения памятника Николаю I в гор. Киеве : 1895 г.

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Ink and watercolor on paper

Last updated: August 8, 2014