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Princess Elisabeth of Hesse 1887

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Princess Elisabeth of Hesse 1887

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Princess Elizabeth of Hesse with parasol

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Carl Bacofen was the son of the painter, photographer and musician Franz Bernhard Ludwig Bacofen (1806-1881) and his wife Caroline Margarete Louise Lindt (1815-1873). Carl Bakofen was trained as a photographer by his father. Together they opened the photographic studio C. Backofen at Riedeselstrasse 37 in Darmstadt in 1875. The studio operated under this name until around 1904. Since Carl Backofen was last listed in the Darmstadt address books in 1887, the photographers continued to run the studio as proprietors: 1887 August Schicktanz, 1888-1889 Gustav Brandsef, 1892-1893 Gustav Backofen, 1896-1898 Johann Stefan Schroeder Kgl. Saxon. Court Photographer, 1899-1900 Josef Giesinger and Konrad Ruf and 1901-1904 Alfred Ruf and Konrad Ruf. At some unknown time, Karl Bekofen became court photographer at the Darmstadt court of Ludwig IV (Hesse-Darmstadt). The addresses printed on the back of his cabinet cards show that Carl Bekofen had a studio not only in Darmstadt but also in Bensheim.

Princess Elizabeth of Hesse (also known as Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna of Russia) was born on November 1, 1864, in Darmstadt, Germany. She was the second daughter of Grand Duke Ludwig IV of Hesse and by Rhine and Princess Alice of the United Kingdom. In 1884, Elizabeth married Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich of Russia, the fifth son of Tsar Alexander II. They had no children, but Elizabeth was known for her philanthropic work and her devotion to the Russian Orthodox Church. After her husband's assassination in 1905, Elizabeth withdrew from public life and devoted herself to charitable works. She founded the Marfo-Mariinsky Convent in Moscow, which provided medical care and shelter for the poor and homeless. During World War I, she worked as a nurse and tended to wounded soldiers. In 1918, following the Russian Revolution, Elizabeth was arrested by the Bolsheviks and imprisoned in Alapayevsk with several other members of the royal family. On July 18, 1918, she and several others were taken into the forest and brutally murdered. She was later canonized by the Russian Orthodox Church as a martyr and saint.

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08/06/1887
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Royal Collection of the United Kingdom
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