Produced on the occasion of a special exhibition, this catalogue is divided into two sections. An extensive essay by Professor Francis Haskell explores the life and tastes of Anatole Demidoff, a flamboyant Russian emigre who lived in Paris and at the sumptuous Villa San Donato near Florence. The following section catalogues eighty of his paintings and works of art now in the Wallace Collection, and examines their context within their respective collections. Illustrated in colour, and with supplementary appendices and bibliography, this catalogue provides a valuable insight into taste and connoisseurship in the nineteenth century, and into the formation of one of the greatest private collections of all time, the Wallace Collection itself.
Author(s): Professor Francis Haskell, Stephen Duffy, Robert Wenley and David Edge.
Publication Date: 1994
ISBN: 0 900785 40 3
290 x 205mm 75 colour, 12 black & white illustrations.