A collection of snapshots of the Benckendorff family , mostly taken in Russia, but including some cabinet portraits of relations elsewhere in Europe, [c.1900-1917] (small quantity)
An interesting collection evocative of the last days of tsarist Russia including, as well as portraits, harvesting, peasants at work, visits to the seaside, Petersburg, and two series of military interest: 34 with the stamp of C.O. Bulla of Petersburg on the verso (manouevres, a reveiwing pavilion, red cross detachments, several depiciting an unidentified general); 8 mounted on board, several of which inscribed later as being manoevres near Sosnofka. Count Paul Benckendorff was a Marshal of the Imperial Court, only parted from the Tsar and his family when they were removed to Tobolsk. His brother Alexander served in the diplomatic corps, and was the Russian Minister at London from around 1900 to his death en poste in 1917. His son Contantine (the source of the photographs) was a naval officer in the Imperial Navy who made the perilous transition to officer in the Red Navy, until demobbed when he returned to his estate Sosnofka, some 250 miles southeast of Moscow. Many of the photographs are thought to relate to this estate.