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In 1799 the family of Sir Robert Walpole sold his remarkable art collection to Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia. More than two centuries later these masterpieces, rarely seen outside Russia since that time, are returning to Houghton Hall in Norfolk. This handsome book, published by RA Publications, illustrates these superlative works hanging once again in the magnificent interiors at Houghton.
Thierry Morel uncovers the wonders of Walpole's collection, which includes paintings by Van Dyck, Poussin, Rubens and Rembrandt tracing its journey to the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg.
The fully illustrated catalogue accompanying the exhibition also explores Walpole's artistic tastes and collecting habits, and his beautiful house, one of the finest Palladian buildings in England.
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