Portrait of the Artist
This well-illustrated volume focuses on works from the Royal Collection to consider how the image of the artist – both in reality and in perception – has been developed, represented and mythologized over time. Self-portraits by influential artists including Dürer, Rubens, Rembrandt, Reynolds and Freud are examined thematically, alongside artworks created by their friends, relatives and pupils, including the most reliable surviving likeness of Leonardo Da Vinci by his student Francesco Melzi.
Treasures from the Royal Archives
Since 1914, the Round Tower at Windsor Castle has housed the Royal Archives, a vast collection of royal correspondence and memorabilia ranging from Elizabeth I’s household accounts to the present queen’s 100th birthday message to the Queen Mother. Published to mark the Archive’s 100th year at Windsor, this volume presents reproductions and transcripts of handwritten letters, journal entries and other documents, including Victoria’s letter to Florence Nightingale in Crimea and Winston Churchill’s letter to George VI, written in January 1941.
For The King's Pleasure
The Furniture and Decoration of George IV's Apartments at Windsor Castle
George IV’s refurbishment of Windsor Castle was one of the costliest decorative projects in history. Drawing on unpublished documents, this pioneering book charts the king’s relations with the artists and decorators, and is illustrated with original sketches and modern photographs of furniture, fixtures and fittings.
The Conversation Piece
Scenes of Fashionable Life
Deriving from the secular compositions of Dutch art, the conversation piece – typically an informal scene of a family in conversation or a group engaged in an activity – became highly fashionable in 18th-century England. Published to accompany an exhibition at the Queen’s Gallery, this volume traces the development of the genre and discusses examples from the Royal Collection, including works by Stubbs, Gainsborough, Hogarth and the master of the genre, Jan Zoffany.
The Art of the Garden
Presenting works ranging from Leonard Knyff’s panoramic View of Hampton Court (c.1703) to Fabergé’s enamelled and jewelled flowers (c.1900), this volume draws on the Royal Collection to trace the changing design and function of gardens through the art they have inspired. After a short chapter on early Islamic gardens, the history traces royal and aristocratic garden style from medieval sacred gardens to the 19th-century ‘horticultural garden’, with a final chapter on ceramics and ornament. Foreword by Sir Roy Strong.