Diplomats, Goldsmiths and Baroque Court Culture: Lord Raby in Berlin, The Hague and Wentworth Castle – PDF

Diplomats, Goldsmiths and Baroque Court Culture: Lord Raby in Berlin, The Hague and Wentworth Castle – PDF


2014, book, 20 x 26 cm., 196 pp., 156 illustrations

Editors: Patrick Eyres and James Lomax

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NB. The hard copy is Out of Print (it had cost £20)

Lord Raby’s celebrated silver wine cistern was saved for the nation after a major appeal in 2011. It was part of the spectacular group of silver provided by the government for his important embassy to Berlin (1705-1711). He received even more silver as ambassador to the Dutch Republic (1711-1714) when he was Britain’s co-negotiator of the Peace of Utrecht. This book explores the political contexts to Lord Raby’s embassies; the craftsmanship, ritual function and cultural politics of Baroque court Goldsmiths’ work in England, Germany and Holland; as well as the influence of Prussia and peacemaking on the architecture, collections and gardening of Lord Raby’s Wentworth Castle estate in Yorkshire, which he had acquired in 1708.

“The book is particularly strong on the role of goldsmiths work in European diplomacy … [and] is delightfully wide-ranging, offering new scholarship on aspects of cultural politics and dining.” The Art Newspaper.

This 2nd ‘Surrogate NAJ, enlarged and in colour’ comprises the proceedings of the 2012 Wentworth Castle conference, and was published on behalf the Wentworth Castle Heritage Trust. It is bound within a cover embellished with a specially commissioned wrap-around photograph of the Baroque wing of Wentworth Castle and the Raby Cistern.

For details, see Description below




  • Patrick Eyres and James Lomax. Introduction. Diplomats, Goldsmiths and Baroque Court Culture: Lord Raby in Berlin and at Wentworth Castle.
  • Alfred Hagemann. The Cultural Milieu of the Berlin Court of Frederick I.
  • Michael Charlesworth. Lord Raby’s Prussians: Art, Architecture and Amour, 1703-1713.
  • Patrick Eyres. Lord Raby’s Embassies and their Representation at Wentworth Castle.
  • James Lomax. The Ambassador’s Plate.
  • Jet Pijzel-Dommisse. Ambassadorial plate, embassies and the Dutch court.
  • Philippa Glanville. Goldsmiths and Diplomats in Baroque Europe.
  • Ellenor Alcorn. Silver and the Early Hanoverians.
  • James Lomax. Baroque Silver Fountains, Cisterns and Coolers in England.
  • Christopher Hartop. German Silver in England.
  • Jane Furse. Lord Raby and his Scientific Instruments.