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The furniture-makers Nicholas Morel and George Seddon went into partnership in 1826 to decorate George IV’s new Private Apartments in Windsor Castle. The firm produced a series of designs showing the principal elevations of each room, with the intended

George IV's lavish refurbishment of the Green Drawing Room at Windsor, 1824-30

Laurits Regner Tuxen (1853-1927)

The Family of Queen Victoria in 1887 Signed and dated 1887

Oil on canvas | 165.7 x 226.1 cm (support, canvas/panel/str external) | RCIN 400500

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In 1887, the year of her Golden Jubilee, Queen Victoria (1819–1901) chose to be painted in the Green Drawing Room to commemorate the family festivities which took place at Windsor. Work on the State Apartments had continued into her reign and the room bears trace of her own taste and furnishings – including a bronze bust of Prince Albert (1819–1861) on the mantelpiece. The finished painting was considered a great success and Queen Victoria noted that she found the picture 'beautiful, the Drawing room admirably painted & the likenesses very good…the grouping & colouring, all, charming’.