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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

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Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1805-73)

Queen Victoria with Prince Arthur Signed and dated 1850

RCIN 405963

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One of the main features of the garden was the Pavilion Terrace which contained a formal geometric garden with walks laid with imitation lava. The flowerbeds were filled with geraniums, stocks and heliotropes. This part of the garden was further enhanced with statues of the four seasons and a large tazza (shallow bowl or vase on a pedestal). The Pavilion Terrace forms the backdrop to Winterhalter’s painting of Queen Victoria with the infant Prince Arthur.