Studio portrait of three Russian men, possibly house-porters, sitting at a table, on which sits a samovar. One of the men is drinking tea from a bowl; another plays an accordion.
Photographer: Jean Monstein studio (St. Petersburg, Russia)
Date of photograph: 1860s
Geographical area: Central and Eastern Europe
Region/Place: St. Petersburg
Cultural group: European Russian
Format: Carte de visite
Size: 105 x 63 mm
Acquisition: Joan Evans. Donated August 1941
Primary documentation: ‘[p.588] Dr. JOAN EVANS, from the property of the late SIR ARTHUR EVANS, Youlbury, Boars Hill, Oxford. [List of items follows]’; ‘[p.590] 29 Photographs of Russian types, in box’: Pitt Rivers Museum accession records (Donations X, 1937–1941), pp.588, 590.
Research notes: This carte de visite has been identified as a photograph by J. Monstein [according to the Latin alphabet, I. Monstein in the Cyrillic], taken from the stamped information in Russian on the reverse. Jean Monstein’s studio is described as being located ‘at the corner of Bolshaya Morskaya [street] and Nevsky [Prospect]’ in St. Petersburg.