Maria Naryshkina, nee Princess Sviatopolk-Chetvertinskaya (February 2, 1779 – September 6, 1854) was the wife of Chief Master of the Hunt D.L. Naryshkin, mistress of the Tsar Alexander I of Russia.
Maria married 37-year-old Dmitry Naryshkin when she was 16 years old.
In 1799, she entered into a relationship with Alexander, who became tsar in 1801, with her spouse’s approval. She is described as fascinating and charming, with the ability to attract people, and called “The Aspasia of the North” and the “Primadonna of the Russia”.
Alexander was persuaded to leave her in 1818 and went back to his spouse Elizabeth Alexeievna (Louise of Baden).
Alexander I has been living with Maria Naryshkina for 15 years (de facto) and they had two daughters and a son.
– Zinaida Naryshkina (d. 18 May 1810).
– Sophia Naryshkina (1808 – 18 June 1824).
– Emanuel Naryshkin (30 July 1813 – 31 December 1901).
Maria wanted Aleksandr to marry her, but she failed.
Artist J. Grassi. Portrait of Naryshkina, 1807
Maria Naryshkina by Umberto Bossi
Maria Naryshkina, Portrait by Salvatore Tonci