Count Sergei Lvovich Levitsky (Russian-Серге́й Львович Левицкий, 1819 – 1898), is considered one of the patriarchs of Russian photography and one of Europe's most important early photographic pioneers, inventors and innovators.
Sergei L’vovich Levitsky (or Levitskii, 1819-1898) was among Russia’s earliest practitioners of daguerreotype photography. Levitsky was serving as a junior diplomat when the first photographic techniques were causing a sensation among the public and scientists. He took a leave from his duties to travel to Paris, meet with Daguerre and other pioneers of early photograph, and to attend lectures on the latest discoveries at the Sorbonne. Having perfected his skills, Levitsky traveled to Rome to photograph the Russian artistic community there, leaving behind a rare photo of author Nikolai Gogol. His sensitive portraits of celebrated Russian writers and artists earned him his first job photographing members of the Russian Imperial family in 1849. His work included portraits of:Czar Nicholas II, Czarina Alexandra Feodorovna,Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of Russia, Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of Russia,Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna of Russia,Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia,Alexei Nikolaevich Tsarevich of Russia.
Considered the best of Russia's portrait photographers, the Levitsky studio photographed four generations of the Romanov dynasty. In 1877, it was awarded the title Photographer of their Royal Majesty.
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Original Cabinet photo of Emperor Nicholas-I
Czarina Maria Alexandrovna
Czar Alexander-III *SOLD*
Empress Maria Alexandrovna
Original Cabinet photo Xenia Alexandrovna by Levitsky