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Louis Haghe (1806-85)

The Ballroom, Buckingham Palace, 17 June 1856 signed and dated 1856

Watercolour | 31.7 x 47.7 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 919910

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A watercolour of a ball, with the Queen seated on her throne at the far end of the room. Signed and dated.

The new Ballroom at Buckingham Palace, designed by Sir James Pennethorne, opened in May 1856. The interior decoration was supervised by Ludwig Gruner, and was inspired by Italian Renaissance design. This watercolour shows the second ball to take place in the new space, which provided a contrast to the cramped Throne Room where balls had previously been held.

Text adapted from Victoria & Albert: Art & Love, London, 2010