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Everlasting beauty by Livadialilacs Everlasting beauty by Livadialilacs
The four daughters of the Last Tsar of Russia - Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria, and Anastasia in 1906.

"The Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna had the lightest hair in the family. She had beautiful blue eyes. All her personality was seen in her eyes. She was straight, just, honest, simple, sincere, and kind. She was easily irritated and her manners were a little harsh. She was a good musician. She had a talent for music. She was very modest. She liked simplicity and did not pay much attention to dress. Her morals reminded me of those of her father. She was very religious and it seems to me that she loved her father more than anyone else.

The Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna was very thin. You could hardly imagine anybody as thin as she was. She was tall, darker than rest of the family, and elegant. The colour of her eyes was dark grey. Her eyes made her look different from all of her sisters, who showed soul through their eyes. She was reserved, haughty, and not open-hearted, but she was the most positive. She was also religious, but the motive back of her religion was: 'It is my duty,' while Olga Nikolaevna had it in her heart. She was always preoccupied and pensive and it was impossible to guess her thoughts. She played the paino and played it better than anyone else in the family. However, she had only a better technique and did not show feeling in her music. She painted and embroidered well. She was her mother's favourite and the one in whom, of all the daughters, she confided the most.

The Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna was a young woman of broad build. She was very strong; for example, she could lift me up from the ground. She had lighter hair than Tatiana, but darker than Olga. (Olga Nikolaevna had brown hair, of a golden shade, and Maria Nikolaevna had brown with a light shade.) She had very, light blue eyes. She was very good looking but got too thin after her illness. She had a great talent for painting and always liked to exercise it. She played the piano indifferently and was not as capable as Olga or Tatiana. She was modest and simple and probably had the qualities of a good wife and mother. She was fond of children and was inclined to be lazy.

The Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna was short, stout, and was, in my opinion, the only one in the family that appeared to be ungraceful. Her hair was of a lighter color than that of Maria Nikolevna. It was not wavy or soft, but lay flat on the forehead. Her eyes were grey and beautiful, her nose straight. If she had grown and got slim, she would have been the prettiest in the family. She was refined and very witty. She had the talents of a comic actor, she made everybody laugh, but never laughed herself. She played the piano and painted, but was only in the stage of studying both."

-The Imperial Children's English tutor, Charles Sydney Gibbes, describing the four Grand Duchesses.

Originally black and white photo coloured by me. :)

Re-dos of these very old two colorings: "OTMA" and "Winter Princesses."
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StarWarsNerd4ever Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
So beautiful!
PrincessJennii94 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful :)
TatianaRomanov21 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
So lovely
DorianECGordon Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You had such a nice idea with this colourings... And you did quite a great job: the shot seems realistic, the skin warm, the hair bright. Nice idea!
Iawatha Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012
I said I would come back and so I did ! :)
This picture is splendid and the description taught me a lot about the Princesses. where did you get them from ?
By the way, Now that I know that the picture was originally black and white, I think that the way you added blue in their eyes make their gaze quite stunning, Tatiana above all! It gives to the picture something magic and pure :)
sarhy123 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012
I love them so much! Well done.
ethuu Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
Beautiful! Great work.
NarcoVampira Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lovely, amazing!
now I feel like I know them and feel very close to them, like if they were my friends or something :nod:
RockerRainMarie Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This is a pretty picture, I like the colors used :)
BelloTempestade Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
Very pretty, and I love how you added those comments on their personality in the description, it makes them human instead of just the figures in a photograph.
ThexSleepless Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist
They truly were angels :love:
leppakakaklifoth Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice job
natsafan Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
This is the best coloured version of that picture :D! It's stunning
Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
Forever young and beautiful. Wonderful coloring work! :heart:
Ghostgirl-Shanika Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely work as usual! I really like how you added the descriptions of the four as well, I always love reading things like that.

Keep up the great work! :)
OTMARomanova Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It cannot be even more beautiful! It is outstanding! :faint:
GracefulTatiana1897 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very beautiful, love the colours.
darkc3po Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
that is very beautiful my buddy.
cddmanful Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very modern dress and posing, for 1906. Not just your average turn-of-the-century photo, even in black and white.
isabelzavoranu Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012
This was once my favorite picture of all time. I even had it on my desktop wallpaper for a while. Until I realized how upset I felt every time I looked at it. At this point, I want to see the beauty in it, but all I see is tragedy. There's no way to get passed what happened to them. How do you look at this picture without feeling your heart tear apart?
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