From the middle of the Eighteenth Century, the Russian nobility began to travel for pleasure and education in Western Europe. Although the experiences of these ‘Grand Tourists’ were similar in some ways to those of their English counterparts, Russian factors presented special obstacles and incentives.
In this talk, we will meet a number of notable Russian Grand Tourists, learn the story behind their trips, and look at some of their remarkable ‘souvenirs’ that despite Napoleon, the Revolution of 1917 and World War 2 are still visible in Russia today.
In addition, there will be a short digression about The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow, which is holding an exhibition featuring a number of works from Gainsborough’s House later this year.
£12 Coffee and Pastries included
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Thomas Gainsborough (1727-88) was born in Sudbury and baptised at the Independent Meeting-House in Friars Street on 14 May 1727, the fifth son and ninth child of John and Mary Gainsborough. In 1958, Gainsborough’s House Society was formed to purchase the house and establish it as a centre for Thomas Gainsborough. The Museum opened to the public in 1961 and has remained open for over 50 years. The beautiful historic garden at the heart of Gainsborough’s House is maintained by a devoted body of volunteers, who garden exclusively with plants that were available in Gainsborough’s lifetime.
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