St. Petersburg, no doubt, was in empirial times and is again a fascinating city. Founded in 1703 by Czar Peter the Great, it is wrong to assume the seemingly obvious: that the Czar adulated himself by giving this city hisown name. On the contrary he baptized the new city on the Newa after his patron saint: the apostle
Simon Petrus. Czar Peter actually named the city Dutch: "Sankt Pieterburch". But soon it was renamed with the German name "Sankt Petersburg". After the outbreak of World War I the name was russified to "Petrograd".
Under Stalin it was renamed "Leningrad". And after the fall of communism it was renamed "Sankt Petersburg". Be it as it was and is, from the 18th to the 20th century St.Petersburg was Russia's capital.
Czarina Elisabeth (1741-1762) developed St. Petersburg into one of the architecturally most splendid metropolies in Europe.
The splendor of its architecture is reflected by this series of lithographs which we are proud to present here: "Vues de St. Petersbourg" (the French spelling). Edited and published by H.Prévost in Paris. Ca. 1850. The following lithographs in very attractive modern hand coloring of St. Petersburg were executed after the drawings by Wasilj Sadownikow (1800 - 1879). Appealing, especially to our many Russian customers may be, that the titles are bilingual: In Russian (Cyrillic) and in French. Please enjoy this very, very rare series of St. Petersburg views.
Prints are in good condition unless otherwise mentioned. Most prints have a small ink stamp on backside.