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An oil painting of a garden party at Buckingham Palace. Queen Victoria and Alexandra, Princess of Wales are returning to the Palace in an open carriage pulled by two grey horses; in the garden, on the left, the Prince of Wales is conversing to a couple in

Their history, form and function

Henry Edridge (1769-1821)

Princess Elizabeth (1770-1840) signed & dated 1802

RCIN 913853

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Soon after the acquisition of the Great Frogmore estate in 1792, plans were made to include small buildings and pavilions within the new garden. The design was almost certainly influenced by Major William Price, Equerry to George III from 1783 to 1787 and, from 1792, Vice-Chamberlain to Queen Charlotte, who was known for his expertise in the picturesque style of gardening. An octagonal temple, a small circular building known as the ‘Temple of Solitude’, a ‘little Dove House’, grotto and thatched barn were all added, and a small circular hermitage with a thatched roof and porch was built in the south-west corner of the garden to a design by Princess Elizabeth. The third daughter of George III and Queen Charlotte, Elizabeth was known as an accomplished artist and for her garden design skills. She is depicted here in the grounds of Frogmore, the lake and Gothic Ruins in the background. The ruins were designed by the Princess and the architect James Wyatt. They were recorded as under construction in 1794 and complete by the end of 1797, and still survive in the grounds today.