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Turin and the British in the Age of the Grand Tour

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Christopher J. Smith, Andrea Merlotti, Martin Postle, Paola Bianchi, Karin Wolfe, Toby Osborne, Andrea Pennini, Edward Corp, Christopher Storrs, Andrew Moore, Edoardo Piccoli, James Rothwell, Jonathan Yarker, Paola Cozzo, Tomasso Manfredi, Cristina Ruggero, Olga Zoller, Christopher M. S. Johns, Cristina Mossetti, Paolo Cornaglia, Alastair Laing, Annarita Colturato, Cristina Bracchi, Francesca Fedi
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  • Date Published: August 2021
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316602133

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  • The Duchy of Savoy first claimed royal status in the seventeenth century, but only in 1713 was Victor Amadeus II, Duke of Savoy (1666–1732), crowned King of Sicily. The events of the Peace of Utrecht (1713) sanctioned the decades-long project, the Duchy had pursued through the convoluted maze of political relationships between foreign powers. Of these, the British Kingdom was one of their most assiduous advocates, because of complimentary dynastic, political, cultural and commercial interests. A notable stream of British diplomats and visitors to the Savoy capital engaged in an extraordinary and reciprocal exchange with the Turinese during this fertile period. The flow of travellers, a number of whom were British emissaries and envoys posted to the court, coincided, in part, with the itineraries of the international Grand Tour which transformed the capital into a gateway to Italy, resulting in a conflagration of cultural cosmopolitanism in early modern Europe.

    • Presents extensive new research and an entirely new approach to British-Savoy relations in the early modern period, based on new archival documentation and discoveries
    • A pioneering publication in English that examines British-Savoy diplomacy and cultural relations, and the particular and distinguishing characteristics of the Grand Tour in Piedmont
    • Adopts a fresh approach to the study of cultural relations and exchange across Europe at the time of the Grand Tour, considering the experiences of British travellers to Piedmont as well as of Turinese visitors to Britain
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    'An in-depth study of Turin in the context of the Grand Tour is welcome both because the city was a significant ‘stagingpost’ on the way to Florence, Rome, Naples and Venice and because it has often been left on the margins of Grand Tour scholarship.' Clare Hornsby, The Burlington Magazine

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2021
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316602133
    • length: 515 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 169 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.891kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    Preface and acknowledgements Christopher J. Smith and Andrea Merlotti
    Foreword Martin Postle
    Introduction Paola Bianchi and Karin Wolfe
    Part I. Britain in Turin: Politics and Culture at the Savoy Court:
    1. England and Savoy: dynastic intimacy and cultural relations under the early Stuarts Toby Osborne
    2. Marriage proposals: seventeenth-century Stuart–Savoy matrimonial prospects and politics Andrea Pennini
    3. The court of Turin and the English succession, 1712–20 Edward Corp
    4. The British diplomatic presence in Turin: diplomatic culture and British élite identity, 1688–1789/98 Christopher Storrs
    Part II. Turin: Gateway to Grand Tour Society:
    5. The British at the Turin Royal Academy: cosmopolitanism and religious pragmatism Paola Bianchi
    6. Thomas Coke in Turin and the Turin Royal Academy Andrew Moore
    7. 'Never a more favorable reception than in the present juncture': British residents and travellers in and about Turin, 1747–8 Edoardo Piccoli
    8. The British and Freemasonry in eighteenth-century Turin Andrea Merlotti
    Part III. Torino Britannica: Diplomacy and Cultural Brokerage:
    9. John Molesworth: British envoy and cultural intermediary in Turin Karin Wolfe
    10. Silver from London and Turin: diplomacy by display and George Hervey, Earl of Bristol, Envoy Extraordinary to the Court of Savoy 1755–8 James Rothwell
    11. The 'Savoyard': the painter Domenico Duprà and his British sitters Jonathan Yarker
    12. The culture of confession: the Sardinian Chapel in London in the eighteenth century Paola Cozzo
    Part IV. Turin and Britain: Architectural Crossroads:
    13. Architects and kings in Grand Tour Europe Tomasso Manfredi
    14. A homage from Turin: Filippo Juvarra's sketches for Lord Burlington Cristina Ruggero
    15. Crossing borders: the pioneering role of the architect-engineer Giovanni Battista Borra between Piedmont and Britain Olga Zoller
    Part V. Britain and Turin: Chinoiserie as an International Aesthetic:
    16. Chinoiserie in Piedmont: an international language of diplomacy and modernity Christopher M. S. Johns
    17. 'Alla China': the reception of international decorative models in Piedmont Cristina Mossetti
    18. The British garden in Piedmont in the late eighteenth century: variations on the picturesque, the Anglo-Chinese and the landscape garden Paolo Cornaglia
    Part VI. Turin in Britain: Cultural Exchange in Grand Tour Europe:
    19. A plurality of pluras: the Plura family of sculptors between Turin and Britain Alastair Laing
    20. 'A memorable era in the instrumental music of this kingdom': Piedmontese musicians in London in the latter half of the eighteenth century Annarita Colturato
    21. The British Baretti: didactics and criticism Cristina Bracchi
    22. Vittorio Alfieri and the 'English Republic': reflections on an elective affinity Francesca Fedi
    Appendices: I. British diplomats and visitors to Turin in the eighteenth century Christopher Storrs
    Sabaudian diplomats to London in the eighteenth century Andrea Merlotti
    II. British attendees at the Turin Royal Academy Paola Bianchi
    III. Letters from the Molesworth–Galilei correspondence, 1721–5 Karin Wolfe

  • Editors

    Paola Bianchi, Università della Valle d’Aosta
    Paola Bianchi is a Ricercatore confermato at the Università della Valle d'Aosta, where she teaches Early Modern History. She has researched and written on the journeys of various English travellers who came to Italy in the eighteenth century to be present at the Savoy court and to be part of Piedmont society. Her publications include Onore e mestiere. Le riforme militari nel Piemonte del Settecento (2002); Cuneo in età moderna. Città e stato nel Piemonte d'antico regime (with A. Merlotti) (2002); Sotto diverse bandiere. L'internazionale militare nello stato sabaudo d'antico regime (2012); L'affermarsi della corte sabauda. Dinastie, poteri, élites in Piemonte e Savoia fra tardo Medioevo e prima età moderna (with L.C. Gentile) (2006); and Le strategie dell'apparenza. Cerimoniali, politica e società alla corte dei Savoia in età moderna (with A. Merlotti) (2010).

    Karin Wolfe, British School at Rome
    Karin Wolfe is a Research Fellow at the British School at Rome. Her research focuses on topics in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Italian history, including art, architecture, patronage, and collecting, as well as the history of cardinals and the Grand Tour. Her publications include Roma Britannica: Art Patronage and Cultural Exchange in Eighteenth-Century Rome (edited with D. R. Marshall and S. Russell, 2011) and American Latium: American Artists In and Around Rome in the Age of the Grand Tour (edited with C. M. S. Johns and T. Manfredi, forthcoming). She is presently completing a monograph on Francesco Trevisani, Francesco Trevisani (1656–1746): A Universal Painter, Catalogue Raisonné.


    Christopher J. Smith, Andrea Merlotti, Martin Postle, Paola Bianchi, Karin Wolfe, Toby Osborne, Andrea Pennini, Edward Corp, Christopher Storrs, Andrew Moore, Edoardo Piccoli, James Rothwell, Jonathan Yarker, Paola Cozzo, Tomasso Manfredi, Cristina Ruggero, Olga Zoller, Christopher M. S. Johns, Cristina Mossetti, Paolo Cornaglia, Alastair Laing, Annarita Colturato, Cristina Bracchi, Francesca Fedi

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