On 17 December 2019 the annual reception took place in the
Residence of the Ambassador of the Russian Federation, London
It celebrated the publication of The Splendor of St Petersburg. Art & Life in Late Imperial Palaces of Russia, by Thierry Morel and Elizaveta Renne.
Elizaveta Renne is curator of British and Scandinavian painting at the Hermitage. Her catalogue of British pictures was published by Yale University Press with the support of the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art in 2011. Thierry Morel is Director of the Hermitage Museum Foundation in the US.