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William Gordon (British Army officer) – by Pompeo Batoni (1708-1787) – c.1765.

William Gordon (British Army officer) – by Pompeo Batoni (1708-1787) – c.1765.

Elizabeth Ann Timothy (Mrs. William Williamson), ca. 1775-85  Artist: Henry Benbridge (American, 1743-1812)

Elizabeth Ann Timothy (Mrs. William Williamson), ca. 1775-85 Artist: Henry Benbridge (American, 1743-1812)

PRINCE PLATON ALEXANDROVICH ZUBOV (1767 – 1822)  by Johann Lebrecht Eggink. Last lover of CATHERINE THE GREAT.  Only 22 when he became 60 year old Catherine's lover, she nicknamed him 'Babe”. She was so crazy about him that she gave him even more power than she had given Potemkin. Nearly everyone else at court regarded him as capricious and unstable. When Catherine died TSAR PAUL I  banished him to Europe. He died in ignominity at Rundale Palace in Latvia in 1822.

PRINCE PLATON ALEXANDROVICH ZUBOV (1767 – 1822) by Johann Lebrecht Eggink. Last lover of CATHERINE THE GREAT. Only 22 when he became 60 year old Catherine's lover, she nicknamed him 'Babe”. She was so crazy about him that she gave him even more power than she had given Potemkin. Nearly everyone else at court regarded him as capricious and unstable. When Catherine died TSAR PAUL I banished him to Europe. He died in ignominity at Rundale Palace in Latvia in 1822.

Russian children sit on the side of a hill near a church and bell tower near White Lake, in Russia, 1909

Russia in color, a century ago

Russian children sit on the side of a hill near a church and bell tower near White Lake, in Russia, 1909

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