I am sorry, but Romanov fan art depicting the Grand Duchesses with bullet holes in their heads is in very poor taste, especially today.
Items belonging to the Imperial family later found by the White Army at the Ipatiev House: 1918/1919.
An ikon of the Mother of God found at the Ipatiev House after the murder of the Imperial Family: 1918.
"The Grand Duchesses were fast leaving childhood behind them and blossoming into charming girls; they did not greatly resemble one another, each was a type apart, but all were equally lovely in disposition. I cannot believe that any men so inhuman existed as those who, it is said, shot and stabbed those defenseless creatures in the house of death at Ekaterinburg. Apart from their beauty, their sweetness should have pleaded for them, but, if it is true that they have ‘passed,’ then surely no better epitaph could be theirs than the immortal words, "Lovely and pleasant were they in their lives, and in their death they were not divided."
Lili Dehn, “The Real Tsaritsa”
Colour photos of the exterior of the Ipatiev House, taken in 1975 (The house was demolished two years later).
I’ve never seen colour pictures of it before, it’s so surreal to look at them and know what happened inside those walls. Somehow them being in colour makes it all the more real to me.
I’ve never seen these before.
Images from the jewel book of Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna, currently up for auction at Bonham’s.
Most of these pieces were dismantled and melted down by the Bolsheviks when they were found in a hidden room in the Yussupov Palace.
The last letter from Grand Duchess Tatiana to Valentina Ivanova Chebotareva: May 1/14, 1918-
"How did you spend the [Easter] holidays? They were sad for us, since we were without Father and Mother. You have probably already heard that they were taken away from us. It was so sad to separate ourselves from them. You are sure to understand. Maria went with them and we stayed with my brother, who is sick. Of course we were not told where to and for what purpose they were being taken- neither did they know anything. Almost a week after their departure we learned that they had arrived in Ekaterinburg. We receive letters from them. It is such a joy for us- Mother’s heart is hurting very much as a consequence of the awful road to Tyumen- they had to travel over 200 versts [140 miles] by horses along a horrible road. They spent nights in villages. Now they live in three rooms. Before their windows is a huge fence, so one sees only the top of a church. We are now expecting to leave shortly, as soon as brother fully recovers…"