Exhibition devoted to Russia’s Romanov dynasty opens at Buckingham Palace

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LONDON, November 9. /TASS/. An exhibition, headlined “Russia, Royalty and The Romanovs,” will open on Friday at the Queen’s Gallery of the Buckingham Palace.

According to organizers, the exhibition will feature jewelry, portraits, sculpture, photographs, archival documents and miniature masterpieces by Faberge that illustrate historic events and family meetings between the rulers of the two nations, from Peter the Great’s visit to London in 1698 through to Nicholas II.

One of the earliest works is Sir Godfrey Kneller’s portrait of Tsar Peter I the Great (1672-1725), dated 1698.

Among other highlights is the portrait of Russian Emperor Nicholas I (1796-1855) by Franz Kruger, sent to Queen Victoria by the Emperor after his visit of 1844. The 3.5-meter tall painting was initially placed in the principal corridor of the Buckingham Palace, but was transferred to the Windsor Palace in 1920. Ten years later, the portrait was taken down and rolled up pending restoration, which was completed only recently.

Other exhibits include three Faberge Easter eggs, the Russian-style dress of Princess Charlotte of Wales, the only child of king George IV(1762-1830), watercolor sketches by Nicholas Chevalier, depicting the wedding of Queen Victoria’s son Alfred and the Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna, as well as some of the earliest known photographs of Moscow and St. Petersburg made in 1856 by Irish corporal James Mack.

Accompanying the exhibition is a separate display devoted to one of the most dramatic periods of bilateral relations – the 1853-1856 Crimean War. It will showcase photographs made by Roger Fenton, noted as one of the first war photographers.

The exhibition will be open for the public until April 28, 2019. Adult tickets will be sold at 12 pounds sterling.

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