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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

Willem van Mieris (Leiden 1662-Leiden 1747)

Summer 1703

RCIN 71439

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Around the perimeter of the East Terrace Garden, you will find four urns with covers depicting the four seasons, by the Dutch artist Willem Van Mieris. Dated to the beginning of the eighteenth century, they were bought by George IV in 1825 for £472 and 10 shillings. Summer, depicted here, has a cover decorated with leaves in high relief, the body decorated in figures representing summer.

See also Spring (RCIN 71437), Autumn (RCIN 71441) and Winter (RCIN 71443) in Explore the Collection.