General View of the Likanskii Palace from the Kura River


Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii (1863–1944) was a pioneer in the development of color photography. In the early 1900s, he formulated an ambitious plan to carry out a photographic survey of the Russian Empire. After gaining the support of Tsar Nicholas II, between 1909 and 1915 he completed surveys of 11 regions, traveling in a specially equipped railroad car provided by the Ministry of Transportation. This photograph, taken by Prokudin-Gorskii on a photographic survey of the Caucasus and the Black Sea area, depicts the Likanskii Palace in Georgia. The Likany Foothills of the Caucasus Mountains provide a dramatic backdrop for the palace, which is on the Kura River, close to the border with Turkey and near the town of Borzhomi in Georgia. The Palace was built in 1893–95 for the Russian Imperial family and later used by Soviet leader Joseph Stalin as a summer residence.

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Общий вид Ликанскаго дворца от р. Куры

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Glass negative (presented as a digital color composite)


  • Prokudin-Gorskii’s photographic work survives primarily in two forms: 1,901 black-and-white triple-frame glass plate negatives, made with color separation filters, which Prokudin-Gorskii used to make color prints and lantern slides; and 12 albums of sepia-tone prints, made from the glass negatives, which Prokudin-Gorskii compiled as a record of his travels and studies. The Library of Congress purchased the glass plate negatives and the albums from the Prokudin-Gorskii family in 1948. In 2004, the Library of Congress had digital color composites made from all the surviving glass negatives using a software algorithm to automatically align the color components. As with most historical photographs, title and subject identifications are corrected and enhanced through new research. Current information on the collection is at

Last updated: November 7, 2017