Russian Military Print #212, Reign of Nicholas I (1825-
Hand colored lithograph (printed in Paris in 1861-62)
illustrating a Russian
company grade cavalry officer in winter uniform from the
Regiment of the Military Order from the 1854-1855 period
(#212 in a
series). Large format: 12 1/2" by 17"
[32 X 43 cm], image
size: 7 1/8" by 9 ¾" [18 X 25 cm].
Produced in France soon after the Crimean War, this
lithograph was printed by
the famous Parisian firm of (Joseph) Lemercier and
meticulously hand colored, most likely by artists living in
Russia who were
able to work from color uniform references and cloth samples
available in France.
Very fine condition. Although about one hundred and fifty
years old, the paper it
is printed on
shows no signs of brittleness and the colors are 'fresh as
new.' Most of
whatever minor foxing is present would be covered by a mat
framed for display in a living room or a study. The same
would hold true for
any other minor imperfections in the border area (primarily
crumpling). Please note the photographs.
The background of this unit is quite interesting. The term
"Military Order" in
its title was bestowed upon it by Catharine the Great (and
refers, of course,
to the Order of St. George, Russia's highest award for
during the Empire and now reinstituted as a valor award by
Russian government). Originally founded by Peter the Great
in the 17th
century, the soldiers in this regiment were uniformed at
various points as
cuirassiers, at others, dragoons! From 1907 until the
Revolution, it was
titled the 13th Dragoon Regiment.
Besides the fact that this is a significant historic
document in and of itself, it
represents a rare and uniquely affordable opportunity for
the collector of
items related to the Russian Empire to own and display
century artwork at home.