Gherman Alexeyvich Komlev (Russian, 1933 - 2000) "Tsar Nicholas II - Coronation of the Tsar" Signed lower right. Original Watercolor on Illustration Board.
Provenance: Collection of James A. Helzer (1946-2008), Founder of Unicover Corporation.
This painting originally appeared on the Republic of the Marshall Islands 60c Coronation of Tsar Nicholas II 1896 stamp issued July 17, 1998.
On May 26, 1896, Nicholas II was crowned Tsar of All Russia. At his coronation ceremony two events occurred that are said to have foreshadowed his early demise. During the ceremony, a St. Andrew's Cross that Nicholas was wearing mysteriously fell to the floor. This was taken as a bad omen by many people, including his wife the Tsarina Alexandra. Meanwhile, a crowd of half a million peasants had gathered to watch the regal ceremony in a nearby field. The assemblage surged forward and thousands of people were accidentally crushed to death. The Tsar wished to cancel a scheduled party, retire to a monastery and pray. Instead, he relied on the poor advice of his ministers and attended the ball. Nicholas' reputation was damaged immeasurably when no official recognition of the tragedy was made.
Image Size: 9.25 x 21.25 in.
Overall Size: 10.5 x 22.75 in.
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