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Interior of Hampton Court

Interior of Hampton Court

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1800

Shelfmark: K.top 29

Item number: 14.N

Genre: Topographical Drawing

View of inside the courtyard of the seventeenth century wing built by Christopher Wren for William III and Mary II. The monarchs felt that the palace was outdated and ordered much of the building to be demolished and new royal apartments to be built. Christopher Wren was appointed to design the new apartments which were built in a regular, classical, symmetrical style reminiscent of the Palace of Versailles in France. This is called the 'Fountain Court' on account of the fountain, which can be seen in the drawing, and it is smaller than what was originally planned. Each facade has pillars of the arcade, the main windows, round windows and attic storey at the top. The fountain was set in a large circular pond and the courtyard was a place of recreation for guests exciting the great banqueting hall to get some air.

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