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Portrait of Tsar


A miniature portrait of Peter the Great, painted with enamel on copper by Henry Pierce Bone in 1833, is the November feature of our online exhibition A History in Objects.

Launched on 24 June 2020, the joint project of the Museum and St Petersburg’s museum and exhibition centre Russia, My History is dedicated to the 310-year history of Tsarskoe Selo. Every month till May 2020 one or several objects from our collection illustrate historical facts and events related to the same months in the past. The exhibits include works of fine and applied arts and Romanov memorabilia, covering topics like the Enthronement of Peter I, the Russian Army’s 1814 Capture of Paris, Russia’s First Railroad, the Abolition of Serfdom, and others.

November was the month Peter was officially proclaimed Emperor, which happened on 2 November [O.S. 22 October] 1721. Eleven years earlier he gave his wife Catherine six estates, including the one that became Tsarskoe Selo. 

The 35 х 25 cm portrait depicts Peter when he visited England at a younger age. The rear side has an inscription that reads, Peter the Great of Russia. London. April 1833. Painted by Permission of His Majesty from the original by Sir Godfrey Kneller, in the Royal Collection, by Henry Pierce Bone. Enamel Painter to her Majesty and their Royal Highnesses the Duchess of Kent and Princess Victoria.