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Treasures of the Royal Courts Come to the V&A

Date Posted: 07/03/13

Treasures of the Royal Courts Come to the V&A

A new exhibition taking a fascinating look at the history of the royal courts of Britain and Russia awaits those who head to the Victoria and Albert Museum while on London breaks over the coming months.

Called Treasures of the Royal Courts: Tudors, Stuarts and the Russian Tsars, the exhibit opens this weekend (March 9th) and runs until July 14th.

It explores the development of cultural diplomacy and trade between Britain and Russia, from the founding of the Muscovy Company in 1555 to the overthrow of the Tsars in the early 20th century.

More than 150 items will go on display, with highlights set to include a rarely shown portrait of Elizabeth I, the celebrated Barbor jewel - a pendant of enamelled gold set with an onyx cameo of Elizabeth I, a hand-coloured map of Muscovy from 1570 and contemporary literature including Shakespeare’s First Folio.

Martin Roth, V&A director, said: "This exhibition tells us about Britain's longstanding relationship with Russia as well as highlighting similarities of diplomacy and exchange between both countries - then and today."

Posted by Becky Spence

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