“Memoirs” by Feliks Yusupov, Prince and Sumarokov-Elston, Count.

In 1896 on the occasion of the accession to the throne of the Emperor Nikolay the Second as early as in May we stayed in Arkhangelskoye and received numerous guests... Tzar and tzarina used to come to our balls competing with palace ones in luster. Private theatricals were revived . The Italian opera with Mazzini and Arnoldson and dancers were ordered from St-Petersburg by father and mother... At the end of theatrical everybody gathered at the lounge. The candelabrum decorated tables were set for the dinner . The fireworks had been let off and the fire play gave me, a child such a shock that I could not get to the bed for anything in the world.