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Rooker, Edward (1711-1774)

A View of the Wilderness, with the Alhambra, the Pagoda & the Mosque in the Royal Gardens at Kew c. 1763

Etching | 31.6 x 46.3 cm (platemark) | RCIN 702947.v

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  • An etching of the Alhambra, Chinese Pagoda and the Mosque in the gardens at Kew. Lettered below in English and French: A View of the Wilderness, with the Alhambra, the Pagoda, and the Mosque and Veue de Desert, l'Alhambra le Pagode et de la Mosquée, aux Jardins Royales de Kew. Another edition of 702947.s. In 1757 Princess Augusta, Dowager Princess of Wales commissioned William Chambers to design the Alhambra, echoing the palace built by the Arab rulers of Spain in Grenada in the 13th century. Chambers also designed the building based on a Turkish mosque as well as a ruined arch and several temples. The Chinese Pagoda, still standing at Kew, was part of a general trend for chinoiserie or works of art inspired by China, Japan and other Asian countries. Chambers visited China in the 1740s and was thus able to draw on his experience to produce authentic designs. The plate was engraved by Rooker after William Marlow for Chambers’s Plans, Elevations, Sections and Perspective Views of the Gardens and Buildings at Kew, published in 1763 and dedicated to the Dowager Princess of Wales. The publication was ‘undertaken by Royal Command’ and funded ‘by Royal Bounty’.

    Royal Collection by c. 1900

  • Medium and techniques



    31.6 x 46.3 cm (platemark)

    44.0 x 59.3 cm (sheet of paper)

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