On the verge of allowing his extensive collection of paintings of African Americans to tour for a year, John Surovek summons it home.
To many collectors of nineteenth-century silver and objets de vertu, imperial Russia is the fount of Europe's most exotic work. And even for those who can only dream of its legacy de luxe, mention of Mother Russia immediately triggers thoughts of one name, Fabergé.
Much of the important photographic record of nineteenth-century life entered libraries through books with original prints and has thus survived almost by accident.
A new exhibition of the paintings, decorative arts, architecture, and decor acquired and assembled by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert speaks eloquently of the mutual passion and shared tastes of a lively young couple.