Peter the Great Place, St. Petersburg, Russia


This photochrome print of Peter the Great Place in St. Petersburg is part of “Views of Architecture and Other Sites Primarily in Poland, Russia, and the Ukraine” from the catalog of the Detroit Publishing Company (1905). The statue, which stands beside the Neva River, just before St. Isaac's Cathedral (visible in the background), is famous as the “Bronze Horseman” of Alexander Pushkin's narrative poem of 1833. The statue was commissioned by Catherine II (1762–96) to honor Peter I. A model was made by French sculptor Etienne Maurice Falconet (1716–91) in 1769. Casting of the statue began in 1775 and was completed in 1782. The statue rests on an enormous block of granite measuring 14 meters long, six meters wide, and five meters high. Baedeker's Russia with Teheran, Port Arthur, and Peking (1914) noted: "To the W. of the Admiralty lies Peter Square, with flower-beds, and (near the Neva) the famous Equestrian Statue of Peter the Great. The Tzar, riding up a rocky slope, has his face turned to the Neva, and points with his right hand towards the scene of his labours."

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Detroit Publishing Company, Detroit, Michigan

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1 photomechanical print : photochrom, color


  • The Detroit Photographic Company was launched as a photographic publishing firm in the late 1890s by Detroit businessman and publisher William A. Livingstone, Jr., and photographer and photo-publisher Edwin H. Husher. They obtained exclusive rights to use the Swiss "Photochrom" process for converting black-and-white photographs into color images and printing them by photolithography. This innovative process was applied to the mass production of color postcards, prints, and albums for sale to the American market. The firm became the Detroit Publishing Company in 1905.

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