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THE HAMPTON COURT ALBUMS OF CATHERINE THE GREAT. Mikhail Dedinkin. Fontanka, London, 2016. Distributed in the U.S.A. by Antique Collectors' Club, New York. 144 pp. 31 x 22 cm. ISBN 9781906257224 In English.
Due date: August 2016. Publisher's description: In the early 2000s two albums of drawings were discovered in storage in the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. Purchased by Catherine the Great in 1783, they had lain unnoticed for over 200 years. Hermitage curator Mikhail Dedinkin identified the artist as John Spyers, Capability Brown's draughtsman and surveyor for many of his most famous landscape designs. The drawings in the first album are exclusively of Hampton Court Palace and its parks and gardens, where Capability Brown was Chief Gardener to King George III for the last 20 years of his life. The second album contains a mixture of landscapes, architectural drawings and studies. This book reproduces all 149 drawings. It also includes another remarkable discovery: in the course of restoration for an exhibition at Hampton Court Palace in 2016 - the tercentenary of Capability Brown's birth - pencil drawings precisely mirroring the final watercolors were found beneath 14 of the pages. Catherine the Great was a passionate enthusiast for the English style in gardening and landscape design.
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Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 174847
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