British Art Treasures from Russian Imperial Collections in the Hermitage

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This sumptuously illustrated book coincides with the bicentenary of the death of the Empress Catherine the Great. It examines the story of the acquisition of these treasures and of the cultural relations between Britain and Russia in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. The distinguished art critic John Russell provides an introduction for this book, and eminent British and Russian scholars offer chapters on such topics as British gardeners and the vogue of the English Garden, the sale of Sir Robert ...
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Overview

This sumptuously illustrated book coincides with the bicentenary of the death of the Empress Catherine the Great. It examines the story of the acquisition of these treasures and of the cultural relations between Britain and Russia in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. The distinguished art critic John Russell provides an introduction for this book, and eminent British and Russian scholars offer chapters on such topics as British gardeners and the vogue of the English Garden, the sale of Sir Robert Walpole's remarkable collection of Old Master paintings from Houghton Hall to Catherine the Great, British architects at the Imperial court as well as articles on silver, porcelain and engraved gems. This book is the catalogue for the exhibition organised by the Yale Center for British Art and the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg which opens at the Yale Center for British Art in October 1996.
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Table of Contents

Committee of Honour 6
Sponsor's Foreword 7
The Hermitage of British Art 8
Foreword by the Director of the Yale Center for British Art 9
Editors' Acknowledgements 10
Contributors to the Catalogue 11
Historical Tables 12
Introduction 13
Cultural Relations between Britain and Russia in the Eighteenth Century 16
British Paintings in the Hermitage and Catherine the Great 36
The Houghton Sale 46
Sir Joshua Reynolds and the Court of Catherine the Great 56
Scottish Architects in Imperial Russia and their Drawings in the Hermitage 68
British Gardeners and the Vogue of the English Garden in late Eighteenth-century Russia 78
James Walker: A British Engraver in St Petersburg 92
British Artists in Russia in the First Half of the Nineteenth Century 104
Wedgwood's Green Frog Service and the Imperial Court 116
English Silver in St Petersburg 124
Engraved Gems in Britain: The Russian Perspective 138
Catalogue 150
Exhibitions and Bibliography 321
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