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Prospect of Hampton Court from the Garden side, 1738

These two etchings (RCIN 702885.c, .e) are taken from a set of eight views of Hampton Court and Kensington Palace, first published in about 1744. The prints are heavily influenced by Rigaud’s deep perspective views populated with fashionable foreground figures. The prints show that the Great Parterre at Hampton Court, created forty years earlier, had not survived. By 1708, Queen Anne, who disliked the smell of box, had simplified the gardens at Hampton Court, sweeping away the fountains and box parterres in favour of areas of grass edged with small borders of clipped evergreens and flowers.