This detailed picture is an original steel engraving. It was published in 1856 in the "Illustrierte Zeitung". It shows the Death Mask and the grave of Nicholas I of Russia. Nicholas I was the Emperor of Russia from 1825 until 1855. He is best known as a political conservative whose reign was marked by geographical expansion, repression of dissent, economic stagnation, poor administrative policies, a corrupt bureaucracy, and frequent wars that culminated in Russia's defeat in the Crimean War of 1853–56. Nicholas died in March 1855, during the Crimean War at the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg. He caught a chill, refused medical treatment and died of pneumonia. He was buried in the Peter and Paul Cathedral in St. Petersburg, although there were rumors he had committed suicide. The reverse side of the engraving is a page of the "Illustrierte Zeitung" of March 1st 1856. It would look even more beautiful when framed in a simple frame.
Published : Leipzig, Germany 1856
Size : circa 10 3/4 x 15 1/4 inches
Condition: Good condition with nice color and light tanning giving it a vintage look. Please see pictures
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