Catherine II

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Catherine II

Known as "Catherine the Great." 1729-1796.
Empress of Russia (1762-1796) after her husband, Peter III (1728-1762), was deposed by a group led by her lover. She vastly increased the territory of the empire through conquest and three partitions of Poland.

Catherine II

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(Biography) known as Catherine the Great. 1729–96, empress of Russia (1762–96), during whose reign Russia extended her boundaries at the expense of Turkey, Sweden, and Poland: she was a patron of literature and the arts
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Noun1.Catherine II - empress of Russia who greatly increased the territory of the empire (1729-1796)
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La Bourdelaise was almost certainly not part of the collection of his father, Sir Robert, which was sold wholesale to Catherine II of Russia to pay the debts of Horace's dissolute nephew, although it joined his father's pictures at the Hermitage in 1923 as part of the Stroganov Collection, having been bought by a dealer at the dispersal of the contents of Strawberry Hill in 1842.
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