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Charles Wild (1781-1835)

Kensington Palace: The Great Staircase 1819

RCIN 922149

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Between 1725 and 1727 William Kent created an illusionistic decoration for the Great Staircase at Kensington Palace. Rather than Roman gods and heroes, as would have been fashionable in previous reigns, Kent depicted members of George I’s court, including the King’s dwarf Ulrich and his Turkish valets Mustapha and Mehement. Kent’s staircase’s decorative scheme therefore distinctively departed from earlier creations of the baroque era. Probably acquired by George IV Cat. 34