Grand Duchess Alexandra Iosifovna, Wife of Grand Duke Konstantin Nikolaevich


Grand Duchess Alexandra Iosifovna (1830‒1911) was born Princess Alexandra of Saxe-Altenburg. Her name was Russianized on her conversion to Russian Orthodoxy and marriage to Grand Duke Konstantin Nikolaevich (1827–92), son of Emperor Nicholas I, in 1848. This full-length portrait photograph, taken when she was about 30‒35 years old, shows her facing left, warmly dressed, holding an umbrella, and standing by a panel of drapery. The image is from the Personal Album of Alexander II (1860-1870), which is preserved in the Russian State Archive of Film and Photo Documents, Moscow. Alexandra and Konstantin had six children, but after 20 years of marriage, Konstantin formed a long-running liaison with a ballet dancer called Anna Vasilyevna Kuznetsova with whom he had more children. A severe stroke left Konstantin badly disabled for his last several years of life. Alexandra herself suffered a stroke eight years before she died and lived out her days at the Marble Palace in Saint Petersburg.

Title in Original Language

Великая княгиня Александра Иосифовна, жена Великого князя Константина Николаевича

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1 photograph : black-and-white

Last updated: May 31, 2016