Buckingham Palace: the garden front from across the lake
The Royal Collection © 2012,
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
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Buckingham Palace: the garden front from across the lake

1839

Caleb Robert Stanley

Commissioned by the Duchess of Kent and presented to Queen Victoria

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This watercolour shows the west front of Buckingham Palace seen from the garden. The Palace had been built for the Queen’s uncle, George IV, but it remained incomplete at his death in 1830 and progressed little under his brother and successor, William IV. After Queen Victoria acceded to the throne on 20 June 1837, more than three hundred workmen had to be employed to make it habitable for her arrival there on 14 July. This ‘very pretty’ watercolour was a present to Queen Victoria from her mother in 1839. It shows the west front of Buckingham Palace, which had been designed by John Nash for George IV. The watercolour became the first work to be mounted in the Queen’s Souvenir Album series. More