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Empress and the Architect: British Architecture and Gardens at the Court of Catherine the Great
by Dmitri Shvidkovsky
Looks at Catherine the Great's obsession with all things English. It begins with Cameron's work at Tsarskoye Selo and Pavlovsk and expands to include the work of Rinaldi, Velten, Bazhenov, Menelaws, William Hastie and others. Orientalism in Russia is discussed along with Neo-Gothic. The Chinese Village at Tsarskoye Selo and the palace complex at Tsaritsyno are discussed in detail.
Has some wonderful reproductions of the architects’ original designs, along with archival and contemporary photos. The illustrations are of a very high quality and appear on nearly every page.
in my opinion:
A fascinating and in-depth look at the effect that English design had on the Imperial court. I couldn’t put it down.
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this book profile was written by Chad Solon