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Funeral cortege of Mariia Fedorovna (1759–1828)
N.p., ca. 1828
NYPL, Slavic and Baltic Division

The death of Mariia Fedorovna – consort of Emperor Paul I (r. 1796–1801), and mother of Emperors Alexander I (r. 1801–25) and his younger brother and successor Nicholas I (r. 1825–55) – occurred as Russia was moving away from the relatively enlightened reigns of Catherine the Great (r. 1762–96) and her grandson Alexander I, toward the greater bureaucratization and censorship of Nicholas I. This lengthy scroll (only a small portion of which is shown here) depicts the great procession that accompanied her body to its final rest.