In November 2015 the full catalogue of the British silver in the Hermitage collection, the work of internationally-respected curator of silver Marina Lopato, was published by Yale University Press. This volume has been financed by the Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, which has done much to bring the Hermitage's British art to wider audiences over the last twenty years. The Hermitage Foundation UK celebrated the event with a party for Friends and specialists.
From a blockbuster show of British paintings, drawings, silver, ceramics and engraved gems that travelled to three venues in the United States in 1996 (British Art Treasures from Russian Imperial Collections in the Hermitage) to Julia Kagan's groundbreaking survey of engraved gems (Gem Engraving in Britain From Antiquity to the Present with a catalogue of the British engraved gems in the State Hermitage Museum, 2010) and Elizaveta Renne's full catalogue of British paintings (State Hermitage Museum Catalogue. British Painting, 2011), the Mellon Centre has made a huge contribution to promoting British art and the ties between Britain and Russia's greatest museum.
For those of you who enjoyed Houghton Revisited, the display of paintings from the Walpole collection sold to Catherine the Great in 1779 but returned to Houghton for the summer and autumn of 2013, it was the Mellon Centre that initiated the major study of the Walpole collection undertaken by a team of international scholars from the Hermitage and Great Britain. The results were published as: L. Dukelskaya, A. Moore, eds, A Capital Collection: Houghton Hall and the Hermitage (Yale University Press, 2002).