Hampton Court, East Molesey, Greater London, England
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A watercolour view of the interior of the Guard Chamber at Hampton Court Palace. The room contains displays of swords, rifles, daggers, and armour above wooden panelling and pictures. The watercolour was prepared for one of the plates in Henry William Pyne's 'History of the Royal Residences' (1816-19). Engraved by R. Reeve and published on 1 February 1819.
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 and Hampton Court Palace (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.
Descriptive Medium: 'Pencil, watercolour and bodycolour'