A Guide to Places with Pictures and Stories from Life

The Queens Gallery

The Queens Gallery can be found at the southern wall of Buckingham Palace (near Victoria Station) beside the Royal Mews and you can photograph in both. Nearby are the State Rooms, where photography is not allowed. There are also some very royal gift shops.

I’ve chosen paintings and sketch cartoons that show slices of life from the artist’s point of view.  They have all been enhanced to compensate for the low lighting and the fading/darkening of paint over time.  They show the patience and skill that was employed, which makes them a joy to see.

Paintings

Market Scene by Night by Petrus van Schendel

Market Scene by Night by Petrus van Schendel

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Agatha Bas by Rembrandt van Rijn

Agatha Bas by Rembrandt van Rijn

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An Old Man and a Girl at a Vegetable and Fish Stall by Willem van Mierls

An Old Man and a Girl at a Vegetable and Fish Stall by Willem van Mierls

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A Village Revel by Jan Steen

A Village Revel by Jan Steen

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The Embarkation at Margate of the Elector Palatine and Princess Elizabeth by Adam Willaerts

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Interior of Tavern with Card Players and a Violin Player by Jan Steen

Interior of Tavern with Card Players and a Violin Player by Jan Steen

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Ornamental

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The Queens Gallery Desk

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The Queens Gallery Porcelain 2

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Cartoons

18th century Britain was quite frank in  its depictions of society and the notable. Sometimes irreverent and quite often bawdy.  The first is a satire of the Duchess of Devonshire trying to assist her lover, Charles James Fox, to obtain a seat in Parliament.  Fox succeeded in being elected but the Duchess never regained her reputation.

The Devonshire, or Most Approved Method of Securing Votes

The Devonshire, or Most Approved Method of Securing Votes

Dressing for a Masquerade

Dressing for a Masquerade

The Unwelcome Visitor

The Unwelcome Visitor

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A New Cock Wanted or Work for the Plumber

A New Cock Wanted or Work for the Plumber

More Ornaments

To restore some dignity, a picture of bathing implements for the royal corgis. 🙂
The Queens Gallery Porcelain 1

8 responses

  1. What an interesting exhibition.

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    January 25, 2016 at 19:20

  2. I would confuse the Steen with a Bruegel. Wonderful. I need to come back. I have missed too much!

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    January 25, 2016 at 20:29

  3. I do love a good 18th C cartoon, although appreciation is often dependent upon learning the backstory… The different layers of meaning in them (and other ye oldy artwork) is very impressive!

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    February 1, 2016 at 00:32

    • They were pretty smart, just didn’t have such an extensive library as we do. -)

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      February 1, 2016 at 13:04

      • I suppose they’d have more time to focus on one thing! One of the downsides of the internet is that it sucks up so much of your time!

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        February 4, 2016 at 00:35

        • Oh yes,and the TV etc. I suppose the gratification is more instant than making something. 🙂

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          February 4, 2016 at 09:24

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