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Description

The Best View of Moscow Ever Made.

Extremely important and highly sought-after 15-foot-wide view of Moscow, taken from within the walls of the Kremlin.

The view consists of 10 lithographed sheets, colored by hand, all with titles in French and Russian. The view was printed by Lemercier in Paris in 1848 and published by Daziaro in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

The drawings for the view were made by Dmitry Stepanovich Indeitsev (or Indeisseff).

The total extent of the panorama viewing angle is approximately 270°.

Views from the Kremlin and nearby landmarks became favorite spots for panoramic photographs later in the 19th century, as part of an extended Grand Tour.

The view captures the full grandeur of Russian society in the middle of the 19th century, with its impressive architecture, regiments of troops in parade-ground finery, and a guarded carriage, perhaps with members of the Imperial family, driving through the square.

The sheets are labeled: 

  1. Николаевскіи Дворецъ въ Кремлѣ | Palais Nikolaiewsky, du Kremlin [Nicholas Palace in the Kremlin]
  2. Василіи Блаженныи виденъ съ Кремля | Église de St. Basile, Vue du Kremlin [Basil the Blessed visible from the Kremlin]
  3. Воспитательныи Домъ Виденъ съ Кремля | Maison des Enfants Trouvés, Vue du Kremlin [The educational home visible from the Kremlin]
  4. Видъ части города снятыи съ Кремлевской стѣны | Vue d'une Partie de la Ville, Prise du Kremlin [View of a part of the city, taken from the Kremlin wall. Taynitskaya Tower is visible]
  5. Видъ части города снятыи съ Кремлевской стѣны | Vue d'une Partie de la Ville, Prise du Kremlin [View of a part of the city, taken from the Kremlin wall. The Church of the Ascension in Kadashi is visible]
  6. Видъ части города снятыи съ Кремлевской стѣны | Vue d'une Partie de la Ville, Prise du Kremlin [View of a part of the city, taken from the Kremlin wall. The Yakiman part is visible]
  7. Видъ части города снятыи съ Кремлевской стѣны | Vue d'une Partie de la Ville, Prise du Kremlin [View of a part of the city, taken from the Kremlin wall. The Church of the Annunciation is visible on the Zhitny Dvor in the Kremlin]
  8. Церсковь Христа Спасителя виденъ съ Кремля | Eglise de N. Sauveur, Vue du Kremlin [The Church of Christ the Savior is visible from the Kremlin]
  9. Новыи Императорскіи Дворецъ въ Кремлѣ  | Le Nouveau Palais Impérial, du Kremlin [New Imperial Palace in the Kremlin]
  10. Видъ Соборовъ въ Кремлѣ | Vue des Cathedrales, du Kremlin [View of the Cathedrals in the Kremlin]

Rarity

The view is quite rare, appearing on the market approximately once every four to five years. An example sold at Bonham's in 2015 for £37,500 and at Sotheby's in 2013 for £47,500. These are the most recent sale records that we have seen.

Condition Description
10 hand-colored lithographed sheets, joined with linen and housed in a period-correct red leather chemise and case in the style of the example at the Russian Presidential Library. Rightmost sheet with a skillfully mended and hidden tear. Leftmost sheet with the sky area partially replaced in expert facsimile.