Grand Duchess Xenia (or Ksenia) Alexandrovna, an amusing cartoon of a toucan in collar and spats for her granddaughter Princess Xenia Andreevna Romanoff (Mysh), the drawing in watercolor, ink, and pencil on paper, the reverse inscribed in ink (in Cyrillic) Mysh from Amama 1925. 7 ¾ x 5 ½ in. (19.7 x 13.8 cm).
Princess Xenia Andreevna Romanoff (1919-2000)
A member of the Imperial family
Grand Duchess Xenia (or Ksenia, 1875-1960) was particularly close to her granddaughter and namesake Princess Xenia Andreevna Romanoff (1919-2000). The young girl, together with her parents and two brothers, lived with Grand Duchess Xenia at Frogmore House, a British royal residence. The princess, known as Mysh among family members, 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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