London, South Kensington
2 December 2014
Charles Cameron (1740- 1812 St Petersburg)
The Empress Catherine the Great about to embark on a lake in the grounds of the Palace of Tsarkoe Selo, St Petersburg
pencil and watercolour
12 ¼ x 16 ¾ in. (31 x 42.5 cm.); and a portrait of Horace Walpole, attributed to Thomas Patch (1725-1782), pencil and ochre wash
with The Manning Gallery, London.
Sir Francis Watson and by descent to the present owner.
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Larissa Salminia-Haskell, ‘Charles Cameron at the Arts Council’, The Burlington Magazine, Jan, 1968, vol. 110, no. 778. pl. 62.
London, The Arts Council, 'Charles Cameron c.1740-1812' ,1968, number untraced.
Cameron was a Scotsman who became the court architect to Empress Catherine of Russia in 1778. He worked chiefly at the imperial residence, the Palace of Tsarko Selo near St Petersburg. He brought his own interpretation of anglicized Palladianism to his extensive additions to the Royal palace evident in the much lauded Cold Baths and Agate Pavillion. The majority of his work is held in the Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg.
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