Jan Griffier IView of Hampton Court Palace c.1710

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Artist
Jan Griffier I (c.1645‑1718)
Title
View of Hampton Court Palace
Date c.1710
MediumOil paint on copper
Dimensionssupport: 381 x 505 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1961
Reference
T00408
Not on display

Summary

The Tudor palace of Hampton Court on the river Thames, thirteen miles west of London, was the favourite residence of the Dutch-born British king William III (reigned 1689-1702). William commissioned the celebrated architect Sir Christopher Wren (1632-1723) initially to design a new palace there but later, owing to financial constraints, mainly to remodel the earlier buildings. Following the destruction by fire of Whitehall Palace in Westminster in 1698, Hampton Court became William’s principal base.

The costumes depicted in this semi-fantastical view of the palace date it to about 1710. The general view of the buildings and gardens resembles the layout published in an engraving in 1707-8 in Britannia Illustrata by Johannes Kip and Leonard Knyff… (read more)

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