Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
The Fitzwilliam museum is one of the most important landmarks of the University of Cambridge.
Its collections are rich and diverse and include the finest examples of British and international art from the antiquity to 20th c. It comprises departments of Antiquities; Manuscripts and Printed Books; Paintings, Drawings and Prints; Applied Art; Coins and Medals; and Conservation. The Museum owns its name to the founder, Richard, VII Viscount Fitzwilliam of Merrion, who, in 1818, bequeathed to the University of Cambridge its important collection of works of art and library and provided funds to house them.
Russian collections. The Fitzwilliam museum collection contains over 100 artefacts, including coins and paper money of various periods of Russian history; an important collection of Russian Imperial military decorations; Russian weapons; some examples of Russian porcelain; collection of prints and books; Russian icons; sculpture and a painting by Boris Kustodiev. The information of artefacts, their provenance and some images are available in on-line catalogue. Of a special interest is a portrait in oil by Boris Kustodiev representing Russian Nobel laureate physicist Petr Kapitza. The museum also owns the author-made engraving after the same portrait. The majority of works are not currently on display.