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A Thousand Years of a Royal Palace

Charles Wild (1781-1835)

King's Eating Room, captioned by Pyne as 'Queen Anne's Bed', Windsor Castle. c. 1816

Pencil and watercolour | RCIN 922108

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A watercolour depicting Queen Anne's state bed with canopy placed in the former dining room of Charles II, with paintings on the walls, Verrio's ceiling of the Banquet of the Gods above and a cabinet with shelves of porcelain in the corner at the end of the room. Prepared for one of the plates in William Henry Pyne's 'History of the Royal Residences' (1816-1819). Engraved by T. Sutherland, the print published 1.4.1816.

Pyne's 'History of the Royal Residences' was a three-volume publication which encompassed a number of royal residences, including Windsor Castle (vol. 1) and Buckingham House (vol. 2), presenting 100 hand-coloured engravings of exteriors and interiors accompanied by descriptive texts. The 100 watercolours which were engraved for the publication survive in the Royal Library; these watercolours are exactly the size of the image on the printed plates, and may perhaps have been intended as colour guides for the artists responsible for hand-painting the monochrome prints.