Grand Duchess Xenia (or Ksenia) Alexandrovna, an amusing cartoon of a young hen with bright red comb and wattle in watercolor, ink, and pencil on paper, painted for her granddaughter Princess Xenia Andreevna Romanoff (known as Mysh in the family), the reverse inscribed in ink and pencil (in Cyrillic) Mysh from Amama 24 Jan 1925. 6 7/8 x 5 3/16 in. (17.5 x 13.2 cm).
Princess Xenia Andreevna Romanoff (1919-2000)
A member of the Imperial family
Grand Duchess Xenia (or Ksenia) was particularly close to her granddaughter and namesake Princess Xenia Andreevna Romanoff (1919-2000), who, together with her parents and two brothers, lived at Frogmore House, a British royal residence the elder family member had been granted for her use. The princess was educated at home and spent much of her early childhood with her grandmother. In January 1925, she was a bit less than six years old and the amusing, lively images would surely have delighted the little girl. The grand duchess frequently painted Easter gifts and postcards for her family members and those meant for her grandchildren were signed from Amama, the Danish word for grandmother used as a term of endearment among members of the Imperial family. This playful image is extraordinarily rare and demonstrates her closeness to and desire to entertain her beloved grandchildren.
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