Painting is one of 300 works at Buckingham Palace show exploring links to Romanovs

A bewilderingly vast painting of the Russian emperor Nicholas I that he commissioned and had placed in an ornate frame has gone on public display for the first time.

The 1847 painting by Franz Krüger was a gift to Queen Victoria, who had it placed in the principal corridor of Buckingham Palace. In the 1920s it went to Windsor and in the 1930s it was taken down and rolled up, never to be seen again until now.

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