Princess Urusova: What actually was a girl, Leapt Nicholas I and Alexander Pushkin

• Urusova Princess: What really was a girl, Leapt Nicholas I and Alexander Pushkin

Due to the portraits by Peter Sokolov our contemporaries can imagine, it looked like the first beauty of Pushkin's era. And thanks to the memoirs of contemporaries - to draw conclusions about what they were. However, about one of them - Princess Sophia Alexandrovna Urusova in marriage to Princess Radziwill, remained very mixed reviews.

Princess Urusova: What actually was a girl, Leapt Nicholas I and Alexander Pushkin Princess Urusova: What actually was a girl, Leapt Nicholas I and Alexander Pushkin

PF Sokolov. Portrait SA Urusova, 1832Cofya A. was one of three daughters of Prince Urusova. According to the French historian Marc Fournier, in Moscow 1820. "There were three Graces, daughters of Prince Urusova three beauties, is rightly considered the adornment of the Moscow society of the time." A different Sophia Alexandrovna special beauty and charm: "She was tall and agile, amazing freshness was all over her appearance"; "It was impossible to meet the complexion clearer and fresher. Her hair fell in soft waves and heavy on the rounded shoulders - with all the luxury of the ancient path. It was especially good in her eyes, big blue, full of light and bliss, eyes, radiated around some magnetic force. "

Princess Urusova: What actually was a girl, Leapt Nicholas I and Alexander Pushkin

PF Sokolov. Portrait SA Urusova (presumably), 1827-1828

If the beauty of Sophia Urusova contemporaries responded unanimously, calling her "the queen of Moscow beauties", something about intelligence and moral qualities are preserved mixed reviews. Some called it the "goddess of folly" and spoke of her jokes. For example, such: once at the ball Princess gentleman asked about what she reads. And she replied: "rosy-book, and my sister reads the blue." Another time, in love with her prince Meshchersky long and ecstatically talked about literature until the girl interrupted him with a question: "Tell me, Prince, what do you use soap when shaving?". And according to other friends because of it could speak only envious, but in fact the princess was kind and sweet girl.

Princess Urusova: What actually was a girl, Leapt Nicholas I and Alexander Pushkin

Sister Sophia, Princess Maria Alexandrovna Urusova

Sophia's sisters were married, one - of Musin-Pushkin, the other - for Kutaisov. The house Urusovo often held receptions, and one of them in 1827 with Sophia met Alexander Pushkin. According to the memoirs of contemporaries, it "beauty and amiable young housewives acting excitatory, and he had been very cheerful, witty, talkative." The princess also do not deprive the attention it aroused jealousy than her suitor B. Solomirskogo long in love with her. And he called Pushkin's duel. Thanks to the efforts of mutual friends the conflict was settled.

Princess Urusova: What actually was a girl, Leapt Nicholas I and Alexander Pushkin

The Emperor Nicholas I and Empress Alexandra Feodorovna

Sophia was a favorite of Emperor Nicholas I. Marc Fournier wrote: "The emperor did not deserve any reproach (adultery), except for a few gentle expressions of secretly made the young princess, famous for its beauty ... Princess Urusova undoubtedly represents a complete type Russian beauties. " Dolly Fikelmon also talked about the ambiguous position Urusova Princess at court, since the behavior of Sophia Alexandrovna expressed "absolute humility before the Empress, but it was not quite a natural in front of the emperor, a mixture of shyness, embarrassment and intimacy."

Princess Urusova: What actually was a girl, Leapt Nicholas I and Alexander Pushkin

FK Winterhalter. Portrait of Olga Nikolaevna, the daughter of Nicholas I Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna tried to dispel rumors about his father's connection with Princess Urusova: "She was beautiful, energetic, tall, with a wonderful voice, alto voice, and her cold exterior hides a passionate nature. Few ventured to approach it: rumor was started that the Pope is not indifferent to her. It was not true. No one other than Mom never worried about his feelings. " Her support and Smirnova-Rosset, argues that "Urusova was proud and stupid, but it is clear as crystal."

Princess Urusova: What actually was a girl, Leapt Nicholas I and Alexander Pushkin

FK Winterhalter. Portrait of Olga Nikolaevna, the daughter of Nicholas I, the Queen of Wurttemberg

And after waiting for the fate of many ladies, of which NA Dob wrote: "Usually, the order was: Woman took a noble family of the maid of honor, used it for the pious service of our autocratic sovereign, and then the Empress Alexandra began wooing dishonored girl whom someday suitors of the court. " In 1833, Sophia Urusova married Prince Radziwill Leo. This alliance, many responded with skepticism. For example, P. Vyazemsky wrote to V. Zhukovsky: "Urusova yesterday appealed to the Princess Radziwill, at least spiritually: the further transformation of I know not. Yes, hardly! He was very ill and not yet quite recovered, and married because came the last days. "

Princess Urusova: What actually was a girl, Leapt Nicholas I and Alexander Pushkin

FK Winterhalter. Portrait of Princess Sophia Radziwill 1864 On the fate of Princess Radziwill remained little information. It is known that in 1846 she was the owner of the mansion on the Palace Embankment, 16, and spent much time abroad, away from her husband. In the 1850 's. Princess shone in the salons of Paris, where she was told: "She was very graceful and majestic, but I think for a woman capricious and arrogant." She died in 1887 in Paris and was buried in the same place.

Princess Urusova: What actually was a girl, Leapt Nicholas I and Alexander Pushkin

The Princess Sophia Radziwill (presumably), 1848