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Charles Wild (1781-1835)

St James's Palace: The Queen's Library c.1819

RCIN 922168

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A woman of great erudition, Queen Caroline owned a considerable collection of books, for which William Kent built a library in 1737. This was the most significant architectural addition made to St James’s Palace during the reigns of the early Hanoverians. On the wall-brackets were terracotta busts of medieval and Renaissance monarchs, two of which are on display in this exhibition (cats 151 and 152). Probably acquired by George IV Cat. 29