Friends' Events



Monday, 18 December 2017

18.30 - 20.30
The Residence of the Ambassador of the Russian Federation  
13 Kensington Palace Gardens, 
London W8 4QX

Join us for our annual reception at the Ambassador's Residence. This year we are launching a book recently published for The Hermitage Foundation UK, Natter's Museum Britannicum.

Lorenz Natter was summoned to Russia to work for Catherine the Great in 1762 but died shortly after his arrival in St Petersburg in 1763.   The manuscript of his book on the great collections of engraved gems in Britain had been thought lost until it was found by accident in the Hermitage archives some years ago.  Catherine acquired Natter's collection of engraved gems (and his papers) and they form the basis of the Hermitage collection today.

You will also be able to view the premiere of a new film The Winter Palace and the Hermitage in 1917.   Sponsored by The Hermitage Foundation UK, it gives an insight into the preparations for the Hermitage's exhibition on the 1917 Revolution.
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