THE EMPRESS & THE GARDENER – 28 April to 4 September
Exhibition of drawings from The State Hermitage Museum at Hampton Court Palace
Empress Catherine the Great dreamed of having an English Garden in St Petersburg. She purchased two albums of watercolours of Hampton Court Palace gardens and its surrounding parks which she used as inspiration while designing her 'English Garden' at Peterhof.
These albums lay forgotten for 200 years in the Hermitage archive but have been rediscovered and will go on show for the first time at Hampton Court Palace.
The Hermitage Foundation UK is also publishing these historic albums on behalf of the Hermitage Museum