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9 March – 14 July 2013. The V&A revealed the majesty of the courts of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I to Ivan the Terrible and the early Romanovs in a major exhibition celebrating 500 years of exchange between Britain and Russia. Comprising more than 150 objects, from royal portraits, jewellery and luxury goods to processional armour and heraldry, Treasures of the Royal Courts chronicled the close relationship between the English monarchy and the Russian Tsars.

About the Exhibition
About the Exhibition

This exhibition showcased the majesty of the courts of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I to Ivan the Terrible and the early Romanovs. From royal portraits, costume and jewellery t…

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Portrait Miniatures
Portrait Miniatures

Portrait miniatures first appeared at the English court in the 1520s. Painted in watercolour on vellum (fine animal skin) these tiny portraits developed from the art of dec…

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A Rich Chariot
A Rich Chariot

In October 1604, this chariot was presented to Tsar Boris Godunov by Thomas Smith, the English ambassador to Muscovy.

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An Ambassadorial Procession in London
An Ambassadorial Procession in London

On the occasion of the restoration of the monarchy in 1660, royal and ambassadorial processions were rapturously received by the people. This film is based on contemporary …

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