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Caleb Robert Stanley (1795-1868)

Adelaide Cottage, Windsor Home Park dated Oct 1839

Watercolour with touches of white bodycolour | 26.7 x 39.9 cm (whole object) | RCIN 919766

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The garden of the fashionable cottage orné (or decorated cottage) pre-dates the appearance in art of the genuine rural cottage garden. This former estate cottage in the Home Park at Windsor was rebuilt as a cottage orné for use as a retreat by Queen Adelaide, wife of William IV. The fountain in the centre of the garden is surrounded by ‘Hardenburg’ baskets: circular flower beds ringed with metal hoops or tiles.