Historical knitters: Tsarina Alexandra and the Grand Duchesses
I've been meaning to get back to my monthly posts featuring literary knitters (or other crafters), and yesterday I came across a group of historical knitters in the book I'm currently reading; The Romanovs 1613-1918 by Simon Sebag Montefiore.
As Alexandra and the girls [the Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia] did their knitting, behind her chair, bringing into splendid relief her bright gold hair, recalled Anna, stood a huge Negro servant gorgeous in scarlet trousers, gold embroidered jacket and white turban.
As, in the passage before, Montefiore had commented on the families enthusiastic embracing of photography, I was hopefully I would find an image online of the Romanov knitters. I couldn't find one showing the exact scene described in the book, but I did find some other images.
|Tsarina Alexandra knitting on the Royal yacht Standard, 1908|
|Tsarina Alexandra knitting in the outfit of a Red Cross Nurse, c.1915|
|Grand Duchess Anastasia knitting (something very large) in her mother's boudoir|