Lot 1127: [Feodorovna, Alexandra]

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Lot 1127: [Feodorovna Alexandra]: (1798-1860) Princess Charlotte Of Prussia. Empress Consort Of Russia 1825-55, Wife Of Emperor Nicholas I And Mother Of Future Emperor Alexander Ii. Q.S., With Monogramme [A?], One Page, Small 8Vo, N.P., N.D., The Document Bearing A Poem By Vasily Zhukovsky Dedicated To Prince Orlov, In Cyrillic. The Eighteen Verses Poem, Carefully Penned In Another Hand, Reads In Part 'There Lives A Count Orlov In The Russian Kingdom - He Is Kind, Clever, Good-Looking And Healthy; But The Bad Thing Is That For A Whole Year - He Has Had A Good Time - In His White Peak Cap-……His Excellency Count Orlov - Has No Money To Buy A New One - But A Charitable Soul - Bought A New Peak Cup - And Gave It To The Count..' The Poem Ends With A Kind Of Signature Which Is Part Of The Poem And The Rhyme 'Name To Be Spoken'. With Blank Integral Leaf. Vg Provenance: From The Orlov'S Family Archives. This Poem Was Included In The Archives Together With Letters Received From Empress Alexandra Feodorovna And Addressed To The Orlov Family. Vasily Zhukovsky (1783-1852) Leading Figure In The Russian Literature. Credited With Introducing The Romantic Movement Into Russia. Zhukovsky Became The Personal Tutor To Grand Duchess Alexandra Feodorovna, And Later To Her Son Tsar Alexander Ii. Many Of Zhukovsky'S Translations From German, Including Most Of Goethe, Were Made As Practical Language Exercises For Alexandra. The Present Poem Belongs To Zukhovsky. The Draft Poem, Unpublished In His Lifetime, Is Dated 1837, And Is Dedicated To Count Alexander Feodorovich Orlov. Alexander Feodorovich Orlov (1787-1862) Prince Orlov, Major General And Commander Of The Regiment Of The Life Guards, He Was One Of The Most Important Russian Diplomats Of His Time, Close To Tsar Nicholas I. International Autograph Auctions' Autograph Auction October 2015 Saturday, 3rd October 2015 Estimate: £250-350
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