Lecture: Catherine the Great as Portrayed by British Artists During Her Reign, by Professor Anthony Cross

Wednesday 14 May 2014 6:00pm - 8:00pmTickets available
$20 Public, $10 Members, $7 Students

Location: Visitor Center Theater

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In the roll call of foreign artists who painted Catherine the Great during her lifetime, British painters occupy a very modest place and the images they produced were generally not known to the British public.  Much better known were the engravings made by British masters from paintings of the empress by such foreign artists as Roslin and Lampi that were on sale either as separate prints or as illustrations in books about her and her Russia.  It was, however, Catherine's misfortune to rule when some of England's greatest caricaturists were at the height of their powers and it was the images (one hesitates to call them likenesses) that they produced that proved the most influential.

Portait of Catherine the Great by Richard Brompton

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6-7 pm   Tour Hillwood's Mansion, special exhibition, Passion of the Empress, and gardens. A Hillwood curator will be stationed in the Dacha to help you explore more about this evening's topic.
7-8 pm   Lecture in the Visitor Center Theater

About the Speaker

Anthony Cross was Professor of Slavonic Studies at the University of Cambridge from 1985 to 2004. Previously, he was Reader in Russian at the University of East Anglia and Roberts Professor of Russian at the University of Leeds. He was elected to the British Academy in 1989 and to the Russian Academy of the Humanities in 1996. He received an Honorary Doctorate from the Institute of Russian Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Pushkin House) in 2010. He is internationally known for his work on eighteenth-century Russia and Anglo-Russian cultural relations. He founded the Study Group on Eighteenth-Century Russia in 1968 and edited the Group's annual Newsletter from 1973 to 2009. Professor Cross has written and edited some twenty-five books and has published over four hundred articles, notes and reviews. Among his principal publications are: N.M. Karamzin: A Study of His Literary Career 1783-1801 (1971); By the Banks of the Thames: Russians in Eighteenth-Century Britain (1980) (Russian translation 2006); The Russian Theme in English Literature from the Sixteenth Century to 1980 (1985); Anglo-Russica: Aspects of Anglo-Russian Relations in the Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries (1993); By the Banks of the Neva: Chapters from the Lives and Careers of the British in Eighteenth-Century Russia (1996) (Russian translation 2005); Peter the Great through British Eyes (2000) (Russian translation 2013). By the Banks of the Neva was awarded the 1998 Antsiferov Prize for the best work on St Petersburg published by a foreign author in 1996-1997. Professor Cross has just completed a major bibliographical project 'In the Land of the Romanovs: An Annotated Bibliography of English-Language First-Hand Accounts of Russia, 1613 to 1917'.

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