On the Estate

On the Estate

Memoirs of a Russian Lady Before the Revolution

  1. Mariamna Davydoff
  2. Selected and edited by Olga Davydoff Dax
  • ISBN 9780500515884
  • 23.40 x 26.00 cm
  • Hardback with tipped on colour plate to front board (without jacket)
  • 160pp
  • 82 Illustrations, 82 in colour
  • First published 2011
‘A beautiful volume, as you would expect from Thames & Hudson ... a fascinating glimpse into another world’ – Tribune

A unique memoir of rural Russia before the Revolution

These are the reminiscences of Mariamna Davydoff, born in 1871 and forced to flee the country in 1919.

Mariamna’s vivid, detailed watercolours and writings reveal the intimate details of life on a country estate: clothes and furniture, pastimes and entertainments, servants and peasants, gardens and farms, and the daily and seasonal rituals of life in southern Russia.

A first-hand account of the era of Chekhov and Turgenev, Mariamna’s book shows life as it was at the end of the golden age of Russian literature and the birth of the Communist state; throughout it runs the theme of nostalgia for better, more innocent times – a sense of paradise lost.