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Carousel in Tsarskoye Selo. 1842

Unknown Artist
Oil on cardboard
25,2 x 51

State Russian Museum

Пост.: 1930-е из Государственной академии истории материальной культуры (Мраморный дворец, Ленинград); ранее – собрание императрицы Александры Федоровны (Царское Село)


The painting shows the Tsarskoye Selo Carousel, which took place on 23 May 1842 to celebrate the 25th wedding anniversary of Nicholas I and Alexandra Feodorovna, née Frederica Louise Charlotte Wilhelmina of Prussia. At 7 p.m., there was a knightly procession on the grounds of the Arsenal, consisting of 16 gentlemen and 16 ladies. Practically the entire family of emperor took part in the knightly cavalcade. All of the participants in the presentation (names listed on a board attached to the frame) were dressed in the authentic armor of the Tsarskoye Selo Arsenal. Accompanied by trumpeters and musicians of the Life Guards Cuirassier Regiment, the picturesque procession passed through the park and stopped at the Alexander Palace. This is where the carousel was held, a kind of horse race that replaced knightly contests. The knights moved around the circle in a full gallop and carried out a series of exercises.

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