ROSLIN, Alexander
(b. 1718, Malmö, d. 1793, Paris)

Portrait of Grand Duchess Natalia Alexeyevna

Oil on canvas, 83 x 62 cm
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg

The Grand Duchess Natalia Alexeyevna of Russia (1755-1776) was the first wife of the future Tsar Paul I of Russia, the only son of the Empress Catherine II. She was born as Princess Wilhelmina Louisa of Hesse-Darmstadt in Brandenburg, Prussia as the fifth child of Ludwig IX, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt and his spouse Caroline of Zweibrücken. She died young when delivering an infant already dead.

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