Friday, November 6, 2015
Inside Kensington Palace
The Devoted Classicist who wrote an excellent post on the refurbishment and history of the private apartments HERE. In this post I'll be featuring the public spaces of the palace, in photographs taken by my Australian Penpal earlier this year.
Sir Christopher Wren to expand the house which he did in a matter of 5 months as the royal family moved in before Christmas of that year!
William Kent was hired to further add onto and renovate the palace, creating the staircase you see in these photos (more on that in a bit). The murals depict the court and family of George 1 and display the drama and intrigue to be found in court life.
Sir John Vanbrugh, brought on the talented wood carver Grinling Gibbons who created the overmantel seen below in the Presence chamber as well as a lot of decoration in the Orangery created for Queen Anne in the 18th century.
Nicholas Hawksmoor and later altered by Vanbrugh.