Charles Wild (1781-1835)
Windsor Castle: The Kings Dressing Room
Watercolour and bodycolour over pencil
20.2 x 25.3 cm
Probably acquired by George IV
The Kings Dressing Room overlooks the North Terrace, between the Kings Bedchamber (to the east) and the Kings Closet (to the west). The room benefited from a considerable programme of refurbishment from the late 1790s. John Yenns design for four large oval giltwood mirrors - two for the Dressing Room and two for the Closet, shown by Pyne on the window wall in both cases - is in the Royal Collection. Three of these mirrors have also survived. According to instructions on Yenns drawing, which is undated, the frames were to be carved by Richard Lawrence, and the mirror plates were to be supplied by Robert Campbell. The furniture includes a fine French bureau-plat, probably dating from the 1740s. The table - which may have been acquired by George III - was used by Queen Victoria when she signed the Royal Assent to the Australian Commonwealth Bill in July 1900 and was subsequently sent by her, as a permanent memento, to Australia; it is now in Parliament House, Canberra.
Among the paintings are (over the chimneypiece) Guido Renis Cleopatra, acquired by Frederick, Prince of Wales, Carraccis Il Silenzio and a Virgin and Child attributed to Guido Reni, both acquired by George III himself. All these had been transferred to Windsor from Buckingham House shortly before Pynes views.
Curiously, Wild has recorded Verrios ceiling painting of Jupiter and Danae in situ. However, between 1807 and 1811 Matthew Cotes Wyatt (James Wyatts son) had replaced this with a scene from the story of St George - one of a series of paintings executed at that time in the Kings Closet, Kings Dressing Room and Queens Dressing Room.
Catalogue entry adapted from George III & Queen Charlotte: Patronage, Collecting and Court Taste, London, 2004