Grand Duchess Elisabeth

Grand Duchess Elisabeth


Her Grand Ducal Highness Princess Elisabeth Alexandra Louise Alice of Hesse and by Rhine, a granddaughter of Queen Victoria, was born on November 1, 1864. Ella was 14 years old in 1878 when her mother died, following an outbreak of diptheria in the family which also took the life of her youngest sister, four-year-old May. Elisabeth married Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich, brother of Alexander III, and was known as Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna.

On February 17, 1905, Grand Duke Sergei left the Nicholas Palace in Moscow in his carriage. He had just come through one of the gate towers when an assassin threw a bomb into the carriage and the Grand Duke was killed instantly. Ella heard the blast from the Nicholas Palace and rushed to the scene to gather what was left of her husband’s body.

Four years after her husband’s assassination, Ella sold all her jewellery and with the proceeds opened the Convent of Ss Martha and Mary and became its abbess.  A hospital, pharmacy, and orphanage were opened on the convent’s grounds, and Ella and her Russian Orthodox nuns spent their time serving the poor of Moscow. 

After the Russian Revolution Ella was arrested in 1918 by the Bolsheviks and was sent away to the Urals. On July 18, 1918, the day after Czar and his family were killed Ella and all of the people with her were thrown down a mineshaft near Alapayevsk by the Bolsheviks.

This is part of the series of traditional and Orthodox saints, which derives from a range of sources, including manuscripts, other icons and mosaics. Some icons include 24 carat gold highlights.

Grand Duchess Elizabeth is painted in acrylic on a Loxley Gold box canvas and has two layers of varnish. It is signed on the reverse in pencil. All edges are painted and varnished. 

This is one of a series of traditional and orthodox saints; see my gallery for other images.

The image size is 20cm x 25cm (8" x 10").

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