Lot 341: Handsome 4 x 6.5 cabinet photo featuring a sharp bust-length portrait of Nicholas II in his decorated uniform, signed at the bottom in black ink in Cyrillic, "Nicholas, 1890." In very good condition, with a professionally reinforced heavy crease to the bottom touching the top of the signature, some cracking to finish along the crease, and trimmed edges.
Joining the army at age 19, Nicholas II spent three years in the service before taking a 10-month tour of Europe and Asia with his brother, Grand Duke George, and their cousin, Prince George of Greece. Although he was next in line to ascend the throne, he attended few political meetings except for those held by the state council and committee of ministers, assuming that it would be several years before any serious responsibilities would fall to him. Enjoying the opportunities that his high position afforded him rather than preparing to rule an empire, Nicholas faced an enormous challenge when he ascended the throne in 1894 following his father's early death.
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Friday, 23rd October 2015
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