Treasures from London's V&A and National Portrait Gallery will feature in a blockbuster exhibition coming to Lincoln this autumn.
Opening at The Collection Museum and Usher Gallery on Saturday 5 October, 'Victoria & Albert: Treasures from a Royal Marriage' will include more than 90 pieces from the V&A, the world's leading museum of art and design.
Among the exhibits are the first-ever Christmas card, paintings by Sir Edwin Henry Landseer, Queen Victoria's favourite artist and chief portraitist of the Royal family, and the unique 12th century Gloucester Candlestick.
National Portrait Gallery
The neighbouring Usher Gallery will host works from the National Portrait Gallery, including familiar faces such as Sir Robert Peel and Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston, as well as art from its own collection.
Cllr Nick Worth, Executive Member for Culture, said: "This year marks the 200th anniversary of the births of both Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, and this illuminating exhibition is the perfect celebration.
"It showcases the crucial role that Victoria and Albert played in the development of the V&A and their wider influence on Victorian taste.
"The V&A and National Portrait Gallery are two of the world's biggest artistic institutions and I'm delighted we've been able to bring a choice selection of their collections to Lincoln for people to enjoy."
The exhibition runs until Sunday 5 January and is open from 10am to 4pm each day. Tickets cost £5 for adults and £4 for concessions. Entry is free for children under 16.
For more on all The Collection and Usher Gallery has to offer and to book your tickets, visit www.thecollectionmuseum.com
The exhibition will be complemented by a lecture by Dr Tristram Hunt, Director of the V&A, taking place at Lincoln Cathedral on Thursday 10 October. The lecture begins at 7.30pm, with tickets costing £5 for adults and £2.50 students. Tickets are available at www.lincolncathedral.com or in person at the cathedral shop. Alternatively, call 01522 561658.