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Pen and ink and watercolour design for the King's State Coach, shown from the side.

According to the official journal of the Department of the Master of the Horse for 1760, ‘At the Commencement of this Reign [25 October 1760] a very superb State Coac

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Sir William Chambers (1722-96)

Design for the State Coach 1760

RCIN 917942

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When George III acceded to the throne in 1760, it was clear that a new state coach was required. The previous state coach was probably one commissioned by Queen Anne at the start of the eighteenth century. George III’s architectural tutor, William Chambers, drew several designs for the new vehicle, including this example, which is close to the final work.