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Elizabeth of Romania & her daughter at Monrepos, July 1873 - DM

Elizabeth of Romania & her daughter at Monrepos, July 1873 - Diana Mandache_RNA

This is a CDV showing Elizabeth of Romania (born princess of Wied) with her daughter Maria, which I found during my research at the Romanian National Archives. The photograph is taken at the Monrepos residence near Neuwied, in the summer of 1873 by Herman Koch, the Neuwied photographer. The image is well known among historians, but the identity of the photographer was often in dispute. In Romania, many believe that the person was Carol Popp Szathmary, an official photographer of the Romanian Royal Family, in the early years of the Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen dynasty. It might have been the case that Szathmary made copies of this image in Romania, a few years later after it was produced. Through this finding I am now happy to put to rest the controversy and confirm Herman Koch as the originator of this historically important photograph. DM

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