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Sir James Thornhill (1675 - 1734)

Sketch Design for the ceiling of the Queen's State Bedchamber at Hampton Court Palace

1715

Oil on canvas

Height: 73.5cm
Width: 64cm

Museum number: P126

Curatorial note

The ceiling of the Queen's State Bedchamber at Hampton Court Palace was painted as part of a re-decoration carried out for the new Hanoverian king, George I, who ascended the throne in 1714. This sketch was thought, wrongly, by Soane to be for the ceiling of the Great Hall at Greenwich, the artist's most famous surviving masterpiece.

Provenance help-art-provenance

Unrecorded. It was in Soane's collection by c.1829-30 when the Description published in 1830 was drafted.

Literature

Soane, Description, 1830, pp.15 and 47
Soane, Description, 1835, p.20
Thornton, P. and Dorey, H. A Miscellany of Objects from Sir John Soane's Museum, 1992, p. 44 fig. 39
New Description, 2007, p.31


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