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Salon Particulier de la Reine au Palais de Buckingham. (The Queen's Sitting Room at Buckingham Palace)

James RobertsAugust 1848

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
New York, United States

An interior view of a salon, identified as Queen Victoria's private sitting room, shows a semicircular alcove at right and a fireplace at left. French windows, shaded by striped awnings, lead on to a balcony. A sense of intimacy is conveyed by the slipcovered furniture, most prominently an English form of a tete-a-tete, viewed from behind, and a draped piano at lower right. The facing wall and that on the left are hung with portrait paintings in elaborate gilt frames. A central six-armed chandelier is suspended from the ceiling, which is coffered in an intricate interlace design. Tables, divans and chairs are arranged on a carpet patterned in green and gold ovals on a blue field. Various examples of objets d'art are visible: a gilt birdcage surmounted by a circular fishbowl in the alcove at right, numerous glass-covered figurines and classical marble busts. Especially touching is the cluster of children's toys.

Details

  • Title: Salon Particulier de la Reine au Palais de Buckingham. (The Queen's Sitting Room at Buckingham Palace)
  • Creator: James Roberts
  • Date Created: August 1848
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: Thaw Collection
  • Medium: Brush and wash, watercolor and gouache on white wove watercolor paperAttached label: Brush and black ink, graphite, ruled lines over gold paint on cream paperboard
  • Signed: Lower left in brush and red gouache: JS Roberts Aug 1848
  • Provenance: Eugene V. Thaw Collection; Christie's London, November 16, 2006, [Lot 182]See Notes
  • Paper Support: White wove watercolor paper
  • Inscribed: On attached label below image in pen and black ink: Salon Particulier de la Reine au Palais de Buckingham.
  • Exhibitions: New York, NY, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution. House Proud: Nineteenth-Century Watercolor Interiors from the Thaw Collection, August 12, 2008-January 25, 2009.
  • Dimensions: Old frame H x W x D: 27.3 x 38.5 x 3.2 cm (10 3/4 x 15 3/16 x 1 1/4 in.)Sheet: 27.3 x 38.5 cm (10 3/4 x 15 3/16 in.)
  • Bibliography: Gail S. Davidson et al., House Proud, Nineteenth-Century Watercolor Interiors from the Thaw Collection (New York: Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution, 2008), 145, pl.85.Delia Millar, The Victorian Watercolours and Drawings in the Collection of Her Majesty the Queen (London: Philip Wilson Publishers Limited, 1995), Vol. 2, 736, Cat. # 4606 [Illus.].See Notes.

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