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‘Ambassadorial Gifts and Diplomatic Relations between Russia and Britain in the 17th century.’

We are delighted to announce our next lecture taking place on March 18 th , 2013 and delivered by Dr. Tessa Murdoch, curator of the upcoming V[&]A exhibition The Royal Courts: Tudors, Stuarts and Russian Tsars. V[&]A, and is dedicated to the establishing of trade, cultural and diplomatic relations between Muscovy and Britain, lasting from 1555 well into the first years of the Romanovs reign and beyond. Dr.Murdoch is going to speak about exquisite diplomatic gifts exchanged by the two countries, their artistic and historic value, as well as the role they played in furthering and resuming of the diplomatic relations between the two countries after the breakup following the execution of King Charles I in 1649.

Dr Tessa Murdoch FSA is Deputy Keeper, Department of Sculpture, Metalwork, Ceramics and Glass, Victoria and Albert Museum. In Furniture and Woodwork, 1990 to 2002, she had some responsibility for musical instruments. From 1981 to 1990 at the Museum of London she curated an exhibition on the Huguenots, 1985, with some musical content. Her publication as editor, Boughton House: The English Versailles, 1992, includes the music manuscripts. Her Stephan Zweig lecture at the British Library in 1995 was on Music Rooms in Great London Houses and she has published on the decoration of the Norfolk House Music Room (Apollo Magazine, June 2006).

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