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The Art of Monarchy

A collaboration with BBC Radio 4 to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

Johan Joseph Zoffany (Frankfurt 1733-London 1810)

George, Prince of Wales, and Frederick, later Duke of York, at Buckingham House 1765

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This scene must have taken place shortly before March 1765, when Prince George was ‘breeched’ (first dressed in breeches). Zoffany depicts The Queen’s Second Drawing Room, also known as the ‘Warm Room’, at Buckingham House. This is an intimate glimpse of the Queen’s brand new home. Buckingham House was acquired in 1762 and the Queen’s apartments were redecorated in the next couple of years, under the direction of the architect, William Chambers (1723-96).