I was agreeably Diverted with the Magnificent Palace and Gardens of Duke Anthony Ulrick , which is call’d Thalk Thal . I shall say nothing of the Gardens which are extra­ ordinary Delightful, considering the short time since they were begun, ’tis sufficient to make mention of the Building, although it be chiefly composed of Brick andWood, and of Eighty Years standing, yet it is a Regular piece of Architecture, and for the Pleasant- ness of the Situation, may compare with any Palace or Gardens in Germany. […] As to what relates to the Pictures which are to be seen in the side of the Building, they were theWork of one Lohm , a Citizen of Hamburgh , but the Serene House of Brunswick and Lunenburg were drawn to the Life by the celeb rated Hand of Boubell, a French Painter. In the middle of this Palace is a spacious Hall, in form of a Parallelogram , not rais’d on Marble Pillars, and graced with stately Columns, but adorn’d with the sweetest Pain- tings. On both sides ancient Statues made of Brass are dispos’d in the most Beautiful Order, expressing the Effigies of Homer, Plato, Demosthenes, Aristotle, Dionysius, Cicero, Seneca, etc. Not to mention the rest, which are form’d of Alabaster, the most delicate of which is a representation of Flora lying on the Ground, which was brought out of Greece , and purchased by the Serene Duke at a Thousand Crowns. The other Spaces are supply’d by the Choicest Paintings of the Best Hands […]. In the Closets or Secret Rooms of this large Hall are kept several of the most Scarce and Valuable pieces of Painting, as Mary and Joseph done by Michael Angelo , a Picture valued at Fifteen Hundred Crowns. The Saviour of the World by Caraggio, computed at Two Thousand Crowns. Joseph representing the Carpenter, by Pietro Romano, which Painting the most power- ful King of Prussia presented to this Court. I remember in a secret Cabinet, that is not shown to every Body, amongst a vast number of Rarities from China and Japan, Asiatick and Grecian Antiquities, I saw an old Brass Plate near a Foot and a half high, which contained the Head of Aristotle , Chief of all the Grecian Philosophers [.]. Concerning the other Closets of this Magnificent Palace, and their Furniture it would be too tedious to take notice of them, it is sufficient to the Curious to observe that this Building is worthy of a King, and the beauty of the Gardens and Palace together the Inferior to none in Europe . 15