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Picturing Russia: images of the country and its rulers

Images of Russia

This page links to some of our visual sources on Russia and the Soviet Union in the decade after the revolution, made available through our digitisation projects on 'The Russian Revolution and Britain, 1917-1928' and 'Henry Sara's lantern lectures'.

Revolution

  • 'Russia's struggle': 101 colourised photographic slides of revolutionary 'struggle' against the Tsarist regime, and the upheavals of the October Revolution and Russian Civil War (digitised as part of Henry Sara's lantern lectures).
  • Red Russia: The Triumph of the Bolsheviki, by John Reed. The pamphlet includes two photos taken during the October Revolution.

Daily life and general views

  • 'Russia's labours': 104 colourised photographic slides of Soviet Russia shortly after the Russian Revolution, focusing on the lives of the general population (digitised as part of Henry Sara's lantern lectures).
  • 'Russia in 1925': 155 photographic slides of Russia eight years after the revolution, taken by the British Communist Henry Sara. Identifiable places include St Petersburg, Moscow and Nizhny Novgorod (digitised as part of Henry Sara's lantern lectures). 41 photographs taken by Sara during his visit are also available online.
  • 'Changing Asia': 79 photographic slides and other images portraying Russian Turkestan (now Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan) in the 1920s (digitised as part of Henry Sara's lantern lectures).
  • 'Oddments': mixture of photographic slides of Russia, Russians and propaganda material (digitised as part of Henry Sara's lantern lectures).

Soviet leaders

Portraits of British delegations

Cartoons / paintings