Drawings of Foreigners Who Travelled to Russia in the Mid XIX Century

Drawings of Foreigners Who Travelled to Russia in the Mid XIX Century

Some sources that give understanding about Russia of previous centuries belong to foreigners – those who travelled to the East back then. They should not be taken seriously though, because they are full of stereotypes and contradictions. For example, these are drawings made by European guests in the middle of the XIX century.

Drawings of Foreigners Who Travelled to Russia in the Mid XIX Century

Post office. The Head of the Office is reading a letter to the illiterate peasant. It’s not quite clear, though, what’s happening to the woman. She could probably get some bad news.

Drawings of Foreigners Who Travelled to Russia in the Mid XIX Century

Fair in Nizhny Novgorod, one of the biggest in Russia.

Drawings of Foreigners Who Travelled to Russia in the Mid XIX Century

Foreign goods trading at the pier on the bank of Moskva river.

Drawings of Foreigners Who Travelled to Russia in the Mid XIX Century

Deer used for winter transportation.

Drawings of Foreigners Who Travelled to Russia in the Mid XIX Century

And dogs.

Drawings of Foreigners Who Travelled to Russia in the Mid XIX Century

Many foreigners were impressed by godliness of Russian villagers.

Drawings of Foreigners Who Travelled to Russia in the Mid XIX Century

Russian merchants saving a drowning European man. Transport containers are just like modern ones!

Drawings of Foreigners Who Travelled to Russia in the Mid XIX Century

Someone’s fantasy for sure – Russian men hunting for bears.

Drawings of Foreigners Who Travelled to Russia in the Mid XIX Century

Monastery on Solovetskye islands

Drawings of Foreigners Who Travelled to Russia in the Mid XIX CenturyFishermen from Astrakhan are trying to bring a giant sturgeon into the house. There was much big fish in the Volga river back then indeed, it’s confirmed by later photographies. The fact that they are pushing the fish into the house right from the boat means that houses were built right on water.

 

2 thoughts on “Drawings of Foreigners Who Travelled to Russia in the Mid XIX Century”

  1. Postmaster is probably reading a letter telling the couple that their son (soldier?) has died. Father is listening for details and Mother is overcome with grief.

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