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A View Toward Kensington Gardens, London, 1822

A View Toward Kensington Gardens, London, 1822

Artist: Scharf, Elizabeth

Medium: Pencil on paper

Date: 1822

Shelfmark: Additional MS 36489A

Item number: f84

Length: 17.7

Width: 29.4

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

This atmospheric pencil drawing depicts Kensington Gardens in high summer.

Kensington Gardens was originally attached to Nottingham House, which was bought by William III in 1689 and turned into Kensington Palace. Queen Mary took a great interest in the gardens and had them landscaped by royal gardeners in formal Dutch patterns. Uprooted by order of Queen Anne at the beginning of the 18th century, the Dutch gardens were replaced in 1726 by Wise and Bridgeman's design, which included the round pond, the Broad Walk and the Temple Lodge.

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