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Charles Wild (1781-1835)

The King's Guard Chamber (Grand Reception Room). c. 1818

Pencil and watercolour | RCIN 922111

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  • A watercolour depicting the King's Guard Chamber, a large room with trophies arranged on the walls, three windows at the end of room and a glazed octagonal lantern in the centre of the ceiling, decorated by Verrio in watercolour (not oil). There are five guards or yeomen sitting at end of room. Prepared for one of the plates in William Henry Pyne's 'History of the Royal Residences' (1816-1819). Engraved by T. Sutherland, the print published 1.2.1818.

    Pyne's 'History of the Royal Residences' was a three-volume publication which encompassed a number of royal residences, including Windsor Castle (vol. 1) and Buckingham House (vol. 2), presenting 100 hand-coloured engravings of exteriors and interiors accompanied by descriptive texts. The 100 watercolours which were engraved for the publication survive in the Royal Library; these watercolours are exactly the size of the image on the printed plates, and may perhaps have been intended as colour guides for the artists responsible for hand-painting the monochrome prints.

    The painting over the mantle to the right is Ehrenstrahl’s equestrian portrait of Charles XI of Sweden (405909); otherwise we see seven of the eight military scenes by Georg Philip Rugendas, though impossible to say which (from 403044, 403936, 403942, 406030, 406092, 405700, 405714 and 405728).
    Provenance

    Probably acquired by George IV

  • Medium and techniques

    Pencil and watercolour

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