The shocking story of a famous painting

The shocking story of a famous painting

Who among us has not seen the portrait of this legendary lady, fanned by mystery, who was present on the boxes of sweets in the USSR? Meanwhile, before us, most likely, there is someone else, like an expensive prostitute in Tsarist Russia.

Why is that? Everything is quite simple. Empty space in the carriage next to a woman always meant “invitation”. Decent women were not allowed to ride. If not with relatives, so with servants.

 

Meanwhile, the history of Moscow brothels officially begins in 1844. Then, in connection with the widespread struggle against epidemics of “bad diseases”, a special medical-police committee opened in the capital. His duties included a regular medical examination of "priestesses of love", whose health data was accurately, every two weeks, entered into "yellow tickets". This committee was located in the Sretensky police station (now the Mir concert hall, 3rd Kolobovsky Lane, 16) is nearby. And the employees of this office, in addition to inspecting the girls, also had to regularly inspect the taverns, brothels, and all sorts of other cereals, where corrupt women worked.Here lies the solution of the Sretensky "rampant"! The staff of the “confused committee” was so small (it happened that only two or three people worked in it) that in order to facilitate the work they decided to issue permits to open houses of tolerance closer to the Sretensky police unit. Well, "merry houses" began to appear on Sretenka, like mushrooms after Amsterdam rain. The rapidly growing "leisure quarter" struck its unbridled many celebrities. In the poem “Sashka” by Alexander Polezhaev, who outraged Nikolai I’s immorality, the central episode was a visit to a brothel by students in these particular places.

Vladimir Gilyarovsky wrote that women who “had long lost their human appearance” lived here. With them, the Marukhs, their cohabitants, “cats,” usually hiding from the police, huddled together. With Gilyarovsky there was a case that almost ended in tragedy. The famous Muscovite and writer rescued a German who was robbed to the skin, whom two intruders tried to squeeze into the sewer. It turned out that he was “shod” by corrupt women, but he didn’t remember anything, muttered only one word - “bird”.
A little later in some of the dens Gilyarovsky poured a drink into a mug ... with a bird, and he immediately realized that threatens him. An accidental acquaintance from the regulars and ... who was in the pocket of the brass knuckles saved him from the fate of the German. Sretensky debauchery did not leave indifferent and artist Vasily Perov, recalls: "At all times, evenings and nights in the window could be seen often interesting, but for the most evil female faces. In the daytime these houses represented some kind of sleepy kingdom, as if enchanted, sleeping princesses lived in them.
Pupils of art school (Butcher Street, 21) loved walking past said windows after evening classes, because at that time all the girls were prepared for the night's ball, making their dressing and hairstyles so openly and in a negligee, even sometimes look was uncomfortable " . All Grachevka (now Trubnaya Street) was “staked out” by brothels. "They have been on a variety of prices from 50 cents to 5 rubles per visit at night is twice as expensive", - recalled Professor Nikolay Shchapov. Indeed, Moscow houses of tolerance were divided into 3 categories at that time. In the houses of the higher discharge visitors demanded by 3-5 rubles in brothels easier - from 1.5 to 2 rubles, the most democratic and can be visited for 50 cents.
Which ones were the most famous? For example, “Rudnevka” in Sobolev Lane (now supposedly Big Golovin Lane., 22) was famous for screaming luxury. For a visit to the “Turkish room”, it was necessary to sign up in advance - visitors liked the bedroom, which was upholstered with expensive carpets, despite the increased rate - 15 rubles (for some reason the Old Believers merchants welcomed her most).

No less famous was the house of Emilia Khatuntseva on Petrovsky Boulevard, 15, notable for "sadistic acts." In modern terms, the shelter of fans of sado-gazing entertainment, which was especially ingeniously punished in the childhood nurse. He was loved most of all by the rich Moscow old people and often managed “without any vulgarity”. They demanded that they be simply ... whipped out two girls from two sides, paying each of them 25 rubles each! However, this is striking: the fame of Sretenka and its environs was brought not by “refined establishments”, but low-grade ones. So, “Hell” thundered all over Moscow - a dirty stash located in the basement floor of the hotel “Crimea” (Trubnaya st., 2).

The building overlooked Tsvetnoy Boulevard and Trubnaya Square.Tiny, non-opening windows were inserted to ventilate the tube, water flowed into bad weather in the basement and smelled of rot and vice. Here they traded women, stole, washed gangster deals, drank in black and fought to death. Alexander Kuprin wrote about this institution: “One night at Maslenitsa there was a huge scandal in the area of ​​unruly foul houses in Sobolev Lane, and when it came to a fight, they were used by the choppers.” Surprisingly, it was Hell that enveloped Sretenka with notoriety and served as a means of deliverance from it.

After it became clear that Dmitry Karakozov, who had shot Alexander II in 1866, was preparing an attempt on this stash, the centers of depravity and crime began to be destroyed. They wiped out not only the houses of tolerance from the face of the earth - the authorities also had to rename the streets so that “decent people” would settle here, not remembering the bad glory of the district.

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    The shocking story of a famous painting

    The shocking story of a famous painting