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A New Exhibit in London Showcases Rare, Previously Unseen Photos of the Romanov Family

The Science Museum's exhibition marks 100 years since the murders of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, his wife Alexandra, and their five children.
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In July 1918, Tsar Nicholas II, Tsarina Alexandra, their five children Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria, and Anastasia, and Tsarevich Alexei, were executed in the basement of a mansion in Ural Mountains, along with their four loyal servants.


The Romanov family in the year 1912.

In the 100 years since then, the Romanov murders have been a source of intrigue, with some believing one of the daughters may have escaped the attack. In fact, Mathew Weiner's upcoming show The Romanoffs, his first program since Mad Men is an anthology series about a number of people who think they are modern-day descendants of the last Russian royal family.

Most recently, the Science Museum in London opened an exhibit about the Romanovs, called The Last Tsar: Blood and Revolution. The exhibition focuses on the role of science and medicine in the family's lives and deaths, and it showcases rare artifacts, as well as new, never-before-seen photos of the family between the years of 1908 and 1918.


Children of the Russian imperial family playing at Gatchina Palace, outside of St. Petersburg, 1915.

As Fox News reports, the photos are from two albums that were created by Herbert Galloway Stewart, an English tutor to the Tsar’s nephews. The pictures show the royals living as a family, playing in the snow, and on a hunting trip. Dr. Natalia Sidlina, a Science Museum curator, found the albums when she was researching for another exhibition called Cosmonauts, about how Russia won the space race.


A hunting trip with Tsar Nicholas II

The exhibition, which runs through March 24, 2019, also centers on Alexei, the tsar and tsarina’s only son, and heir to the Russian throne. Alexei suffered from hemophilia B, a rare blood condition in which blood does not clot properly. The condition was passed down through royals across Europe through Queen Victoria, who is often called "the grandmother of Europe."

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Children of the Russian imperial family playing at Gatchina Palace, outside of St. Petersburg, 1915.

There may even be more photos to come, as a spokesman for The Science Museum told Fox News that they have 22 albums from the tutor in their possession.


Tsarskoe Selo (the town that contained the former residence of the royal family) in the snow, St. Petersburg, 1915.


Tsar Nicholas II, Tsarevitch Alexei, Grand Duchess Tatiana, and Prince Nikita Alexandrovich

*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com

*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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