Czarina of Russia.
Document Signed, Yekaterina, one page, folio, October 11, 1762, Tsarskoe Selo. In Russian.
From the Main court chancery, a release to the administrator Udalov of Tsarskoe Selo, of three thousand roubles for the digging of ponds, if the said revenues are not sufficient, then from the Total of the Main court Chancery, for which he can give to the said chancery a receipt.
A document Singed three months into her reign, when Catherine was thirty-three years old. The Tsarskoe Selo (or royal village) for which she is approving the digging of ponds, was an estate not far from the center of St. Petersburg which Peter the Great gave to his wife (Empress Catherine I), who in turn gave it to her daughter (Empress Elizabeth). Later Catherine II (the Great) extended the palace building (what is now known as the Cameron Gallery after her architect Charles Cameron) and enhanced the adjacent Catherine Park with a French garden, an English garden and such eighteenth century structures as a creaking pagoda, a column, an obelisk, and a marble bridge.
The reign of Catherine the Great revitalized Russia, which grew larger and stronger than ever before. It became known as the Russian Enlightenment thanks to Catherine’s interest in the principles of the Enlightenment (in Europe) which she learned by studying the French philosophers and corresponding with Voltaire. It was also a Golden Age for the Russian nobility who built many mansions which changed the face of the country. By the end of the eighteenth century, Tsarskoe Selo had become a popular place of summer residence among the nobility.
Framed (with a cream inner mat and wine/red outer mat, with a portrait, in a decorative gold frame) dimensions: 22 inches wide by 20 inches high.