|St James' Park and the Mall attributed to British School (c1745)|
A garden walk through time
The exhibition portrays the history of the garden using paintings and objects from the Royal Collection. As you walk through the exhibition rooms, you are taken on a chronological tour of the development of the garden, starting with Paradise and ending with The Horticultural Garden. The displays include some lovely touches, such as sprays of artificial flowers, an arbour and a pergola, which help to create the atmosphere of being in a garden.
|Seven couples in a garden by Bukharan artist (c1510) in|
Khamsa (Quintet) of Nava'i manuscript by Mir 'Ali Sir Neva'i Haeva'i (1492)
acquired by George III c1797
|Christ and St Mary Magdalen at the Tomb|
by Rembrandt van Rijn (1638)
The selection of items on display in this section includes a rare copy of Thomas Hyll’s book entitled The Profitable Arte of Gardening (1586) and a picture of the family of Henry VIII showing the Great Garden at Whitehall Palace in the background.
|The Profitable Arte of Gardening by Thomas Hyll (1586)|
|Detail from Family of Henry VIII by British School (c1545)|
showing Great Garden at Whitehall Palace in background
|Charles II Presented with a Pineapple by British School (c1677)|
In the cabinets before you enter the next garden phase, there are some beautiful decorative objects from the Royal Collection. My favourites are the pieces of porcelain by Chelsea Porcelain Works with detailed botanical designs. There is also a very elaborate Minton soft porcelain pen tray that was given to Queen Victoria when she was a girl.
|Circular plate from the Chelsea Porcelain Works (c1755)|
|Minton soft porcelain pen tray (c1833)|
belonging to the young Queen Victoria
The Baroque Garden includes a superb example of Georgian recycling - a cabinet made around 1785 incorporating 17th century Florentine decorative panels.
|Cabinet by Adam Weisweiler (c1785)|
As might be expected from the Royal Collection, there are lots of pictures of royal gardens including several of Hampton Court. Of special interest is the pair of sundials on display which were originally in the gardens, but which have now been replaced with replicas to conserve the originals.
|Detail from A View of Hampton Court by Leonard Knyff (c1703)|
|Enlarged section of A View of Hampton Court by Leonard Knyff (c1703)|
The red arrows indicate the places of the sundials in the gardens
|One of a pair of horizontal sundials|
by Thomas Tompion (c1699)
which stood in the gardens of Hampton Court.
Replicas now stand in their place.
|Tulip vase by Adriaen Kocks (c1694)|
I particularly liked the picture of the water gardens at Bushy Park, later home to William IV.
|A view of the cascade, Bushy Park Water Gardens|
by studio of Marco Ricci (c1715)
|Detail from A view of the cascade, Bushy Park Water Gardens|
by studio of Marco Ricci (c1715)
|Buckingham House attributed to Adriaen van Diest (c1705)|
The Sunflower Clock
There is a magnificent porcelain sunflower clock made by the Vincennes Porcelain Factory c1752 which was acquired by George IV in 1819. The sunflower is the symbol of Louis XIV of France, the Sun King. Behind this exhibit hangs a Gobelins tapestry.
|The Sunflower Clock from Vincennes Porcelain Factory(c1752)|
|One of a pair of armchairs embroidered with designs|
by Mary Moser attributed to the Royal School for
Embroidering Females under Mrs Nancy Pawsey (c1780)
Chair attributed to Robert Campbell
|A view of the garden &c at Carlton House in Pall Mall |
by William Woollett (1760)
|A view of the back part of the Cassina & part of the Serpentine|
River, terminated by the cascade in the garden of the Earl of Burlington
at Chiswick after John Donowell (c1753)
|The Gardens at Kew by Johan Jacob Schalch (1759)|
|Detail from The Gardens at Kew by Johan Jacob Schalch (1759)|
|A view of the Palace form the Lawn in the Royal Gardens at Kew|
by William Elliott after William Woollett (1763)
|A view of the palace form the north side of the Lake at Kew|
by William Elliott after William Woollett (c1766)
|A view of the wilderness at Kew|
by Edward Rooker after William Marlow (c1763)
|Buckingham Palace - the garden front from across the lake |
by Caleb Robert Stanley (1839)
|The garden of the deputy ranger's lodge, Windsor Great Park|
by Paul Sandby (c1798)
|Detail from The garden of the deputy ranger's lodge,|
Windsor Great Park by Paul Sandby (c1798)
|The hermitage at Frogmore by Samuel Howitt (c1802)|
The hermitage was designed by George III's daughter, Princess Elizabeth
|The Norman Gateway and Moat Garden, Windsor Castle|
by Paul Sandby (c1770)
|Detail from St James' Park and the Mall (shown at top of this post)|
attributed to British School (c1745)
Some of my favourite items in the exhibition are the books of Humphry Repton’s designs for the gardens at Brighton Pavilion. The illustrations are beautiful, though frustratingly we are limited to just the two pages which are open. How I longed to turn the pages and see the other designs!
|Designs for the Pavilion at Brighton - West Front of the Pavilion|
towards the Garden by Humphry Repton (1806)
|Detail from Designs for the Pavilion at Brighton - West Front|
of the Pavilion towards the Garden by Humphry Repton (1806)
|Designs for the Pavilion at Brighton|
West Front of the Pavilion towards the Garden
by Joseph Constantine Stadler after Humphry Repton (1808)
|The Princess Royal's fan (1856)|
|Detail from Queen Victoria's birthday fan (c1858)|
For more information, go to the Royal Collection website.
All items photographed © The Royal Collection Trust
All photographs © Andrew Knowles