V&A presents Treasures of the Royal Courts. Tudors, Stuarts and the Russian Tsars

V&A presents Treasures of the Royal Courts. Tudors, Stuarts and the Russian Tsars an exhibition on view 9 March – 14 July 2013.

Hampden portrait of Elizabeth IHampden portrait of Elizabeth I, attributed to Steven van Herwijk or Steven van der Meulen, England, about 1560. © Philip Mould Ltd

From royal portraits, costume and jewellery to armour and heraldry, Treasures of the Royal Courts tells the story of diplomacy between the British Monarchy and the Russian Tsars through more than 150 magnificent objects.

A rarely-shown painting of Elizabeth I, Shakespeare’s First Folio, a suit of armour tailor-made for Henry VIII and the legendary ruby-studded Drake Star reveal the spectacular world of kings, queens, merchants and courtiers from 1509 to 1685. At the heart of the exhibition is the beautiful English and French silver given to the Tsars by the British royal family, on exclusive loan from the Moscow Kremlin Museums in celebration of 500 years of Anglo-Russian exchange. www.vam.ac.uk

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