The Hampton Court Albums of Catherine The Great
This album, published to accompany an exhibition, The Empress and the King's Gardner at London's Hampton Court, draws together, for the very first time, 100 hitherto unknown watercolours and drawings of Capability Brown's designs for Hampton Court Palace gardens. These were purchased by Empress Catherine the Great of Russia for the huge sum of 1,000 roubles and then forgotten in the Hermitage stores.
The Spyers views are the richest and most revealing record of how Hampton Court gardens looked when Brown was in charge. Together they are considered one of the most complete visual records of any historic landscape ever captured before the dawn of photography.
- Author: Mikhail Dedinkin, Deputy head of Western European Fine Art, The Hermitage Museum
- Paperback: 160 pages
- Date published: May 2016
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-1906257224
- Product Dimensions: 32.0 x 23.0 cm