- English Baroque Drawings: architecture, sculpture and garden design
Further research is needed on the author of the painted panels of floral decoration and a landscape scene. The most likely candidate is James Bogdani, who was paid (as 'James Bogdain') for 'work by him done in the Queen's Looking Glasse Closett in the Thames Gallery in 1694' (Wren Society, IV, p. 28).
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Contents of Four designs for the wall elevations of Queen Mary's Closet, c.1693-94
-  Presentation design for the north wall of the closet, with a chimney-piece on the left with cherubs, billing doves and a drapery canopy in the overmantel, and a door on the right with a vase of flowers in the over-panel; the walls with painted flower decoration; the frieze with birds, wreaths, fronds and swags
-  Design the end walls of the closet, with painted flower decoration on the wall panels, birds and flowers in the frieze, and a vase of flowers and a drapery canopy over the door
-  Preliminary design for the south wall elevation of Queen Mary's Closet, incomplete save for the panels of painted wall decoration, the centre one with a landscape view
-  Finished design for the south wall elevation of the closet, with japanned-style painted panels