Also I have enjoyed the new website on "facebook"!
Especially the 130 photographs ... all known photographs of the
musician ... but ... this?
This photo also appears in:
Claudio Casini; Maria Delogu, Čajkovskij, 1a ed., Milano,
The book's authors claim that could be the last photograph of the
living musician (October 1893 in Klin). Is this possible?
Look more closely and compare it with the other photographs and you
will see that this is not Tchaikovsky! It turned out to be just a
photograph of an unknown individual who bore a passing resemblance to the
composer, and a lot of people were caught out by this in the 1990s. The
misattribution was only settled after forensic measurements of the facial
features were made, confirming beyond doubt that it was a completely
different person. This is the reason why the picture wasn't included in
the catalogue of photographs in the Tchaikovsky Handbook, and why
it's not included in our complete
collection of photographs on Facebook
Here's a side-by-side comparison which make the differences obvious,
the image on the right being taken in June 1893, five months before
Also the glare and stare of the unknown figure is unlike any other
photo we have of the composer....there are enough similarities but the
"Tchaikovsky" look is not there..
Oh how weird..why would someone try and pass themselves off as
Tchaikovsky? And as you say, the eyes don`t have it!
Of course, I'm sure of what he says Mr. Langston!
But, conversely, the fake is very believable, in my opinion.
Tchaikovsky was prematurely aged and these photos it seems to me that
So that photograph debated, was able easily mislead.
I would note also that in many photographs, the musician is
"different", like this:
As per Rosemary Belk, no one is trying to try to pass as
Tchaikovsky...this is an old photo found in someones collection...whose
has not been mentioned...Then we each of us can look different under
different lighting, the pose we take, our age etc....for instance
Tchaikovsky's nose looks a lot larger from the profile side than from the
other postures..but in this bogus portrait of the composer its the nose,
which is much larger than we have in similar poses and pictures...aside
from the unfamiliar glare and look...and if this purports to be a photo of
the composer overlooking the balustrade of the Klin museum, it differs in
appearance from the look of the present museum...aside from that there is
a resemblance to the composer regarding the person in the photo regarding
the hair, forehead, ears, beard and body build...I can see how someone
could mistake this picture as representing the composer...and if forensic
measurements were made of the facial features and this confirmed that it
was a different person as Brett Langston points out then in my view I
consider the matter closed...but people have a right to their opinion...