Publication : “Turin and the British in the Age of the Grand Tour”.

BIANCHI Paola (dirs.) et WOLFE Karin (dirs.), Turin and the British in the Age of the Grand Tour, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2017, 506 p.

Présentation de l’éditeur : 

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 Sabaudian 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.

Paola Bianchi teaches Early Modern History at the Università della Valle d’Aosta. She has researched and written on the journeys of various English travellers who came to Italy in the eighteenth century to be presented 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); Le strategie dell’apparenza: Cerimoniali, politica e società alla corte dei Savoia in età moderna (with A. Merlotti) (2010); and Storia degli Stati sabaudi, 1416–1848 (with A. Merlotti) (2017).

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). She is presently completing a monograph on Francesco Trevisani (1656–1746): A Universal Painter, Catalogue Raisonné.

Table des matières

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 Elite 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, 1747–48, 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, 1755–58, 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

A British Diplomats and Visitors to Turin in the Eighteenth Century, Christopher Storrs
Sabaudian Diplomats to London in the Eighteenth Century, Andrea Merlotti
B British Attendees at the Turin Royal Academy, Paola Bianchi
C Letters from the Molesworth–Galilei Correspondence, 1721–25, Karin Wolfe


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