Mayr, Johann Christoph (1764-1812). Russian. Medium: aquatint. Date: 1793. It was Catherine I who started to develop the place as a royal country residence. Her daughter, Empress Elizabeth and her architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli were largely responsible for the building of the Catherine Palace. Later Empress Catherine II of Russia and her architect Charles Cameron extended the palace building that is now known as the Cameron Gallery. Provenance: State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, Russia. Photographic Rights held by The Bridgeman Art Library.