(Cameron) Shvidkovsky, Dimitri
The empress & the architect. British architecture and gardens at the court of Catharine the Great.
(New Haven), Yale University Press 1996.
Large 4to. vii + (1) + 273 + (1)pp, 278 photo ills (some colour). Publisher’s cloth, in dustwrapper. No ownership inscription but Sir Howard Colvin’s copy.
Excellent study of the architectural work in Russia of the London-born architect Charles Cameron, shedding much new light on his career in the service of the Empress Catherine the Great and her successors and reproducing many of his surviving drawings for the Catherine Palace at Tsarskoye Selo. An interesting chapter at the end of the book discusses the careers in Russia of William Hastie and Adam Menelaws, stone masons from Scotland who arrived in Russia in 1784 and who rose to become favoured architects at the Imperial Russian court during the first quarter of the nineteenth century.