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HERMITAGE ROOMS SPECIAL LECTURE
Monday 20 February at 6.30pm
Kenneth Clarke Lecture Theatre, Courtauld Institute of Art
'The Collections of British Art in the Hermitage'
By Prof. Brian Allen
We are delighted to announce that Professor Brian Allan will give the second in our series of Hermitage Rooms Special Lectures. Professor Allen
is Director of Studies at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art in London and curated the 1996 exhibition "British Art Treasures from
Russian Imperial Collections in the Hermitage" at the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut. His lecture will provide a unique
insight into the history of these extraordinary collections .
Places are limited and we urge you to BOOK NOW to avoid disappointment.
Brian Allen will explore the origins of the diverse collections of British fine and decorative arts in the State Hermitage Museum, concentrating especially on the Empress Catherine the Great's 'Anglomania' and its effect on enhancing the Imperial collections. During Catherine's reign important works by celebrated contemporary painters such as Wright of Derby, Reynolds and Benjamin West were acquired direct from the artists for display at the Hermitage and at other Imperial residences in and around St Petersburg. In addition, the acquisition in 1779 of over two hundred pictures from the celebrated art collection of Sir Robert Walpole from Houghton Hall in Norfolk not only boosted the fast- growing holdings of very high quality Old Master paintings in the Hermitage but also added
major works by earlier artists who worked in England such as Sir Anthony Van Dyck and Sir Godfrey Kneller. The lecture will also examine the work of artists such as Richard Brompton who were lured to St Petersburg to work at the Imperial court.
Tickets £10: please call 020 7420 9406 or email
Organised by the Courtauld Institute, the UK Friends of the Hermitage and
Learning at Somerset House
This series of Lectures has been generously supported by Haughton International Fairs