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John Thomas (1813-62)

Windsor Home Park: design for the Royal Dairy 1858

RCIN 919774

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A watercolour depicting a large room with beamed ceiling, stained and leaded windows, decorative tiles on walls and friezes between the two windows; a fountain in the centre. This watercolour is a design for the Royal Dairy in Windsor Home Park. Below are small elevations and a ground plan.

Prince Albert’s new dairy buildings, built to replace earlier, inadequate facilities, incorporated this interior designed by John Thomas, chief sculptor of the new Houses of Parliament, who also worked on the Audience Room at Windsor. The firm of Minton supplied all the tiles and the central fountains which provided fresh water.

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