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Florence and England, 1710-1740: artists, collectors, literati and the promotion of the Antique

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The collector and biographer F.M.N. Gabburri provides extensive information regarding young Tuscan draughtsmen who were involved first in Richard Topham's volume Bm13 (Eton College Library), illustrating the sculptures in the Medici Grand Ducal Gallery, and then in significant printmaking projects. The present article shows Gabburri's interest in recording the presence of Grand Tourists and British artists, such as William Kent, obtaining drawings by and portraits of foreign painters and at the same time interacting with English diplomats, in particular John Molesworth, and with the more progressive Tuscan intellectuals.

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