Thursday, 6 June 2013

The Queen's Gallery

The Queen's Gallery was not created during the Tudors - actually work was begun in 1689 which makes it 78 years after the death of Elizabeth I. It was Christopher Wren who drew up the design for the gallery for Mary II but when she suddenly died the building process was paused. Opposite of the windows hangs several tapestries from Brussels, all dated to the 18th century. The ceiling is completely without any decoration and the walls are covered with wood. At the centre of the walls with the tapestries, a marble fireplace has been installed and it is definitely not Tudor. The large cherubs as well as the doves and flowers are all a testimony to the baroque.

Drawing of the Queen's Gallery from 1819

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