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John Axel Richard Beer (1853-1906)

Maria Feodorovna, Empress of Russia, driving in a sleigh at St Petersburg in snow signed and dated 1889

RCIN 920950

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John Ber (also known as Beer) worked for both the Russian court and for Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, brother-in-law to Maria Feodorovna. This atmospheric watercolour depicts the Empress in a traditional Russian sleigh, driven across the Anichkov Bridge in St Petersburg.

Possibly acquired by Queen Alexandra when Princess of Wales.