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Admiral Russell's Frame

This baroque mirror frame, a unique survivor from the golden age of English wood carving was made to celebrate the pivotal naval victories of La Hogue and Barfleur by Admiral Russell, during 1692. The double battle was enormous, over twice the size of Trafalgar and together they turned the tide of the Nine Years War and the battle for the succession to the English throne.

Long thought lost, the giltwood frame was found in Paris by an antique dealer and brought back to England. The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge are bidding to return it home, to Cambridgeshire, where Admiral Russell lived and originally commissioned it for his estate, Chippenham Park, a few miles from the museum.

The Friends of the Fitzwilliam have raised 75% of the total needed and are inviting donations to help them reach their target before the end of the year.



1 November 2016

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