"Gates at Hampton Court" by Hilda Chancellor Pope, Gouache on Paper
Titled "Gates at Hampton Court" lower left, signed "H. Chancellor Pope" lower left, by listed artist Hilda Chancellor Pope, 1913-1976. Displayed in a distressed wood frame and off-white mat.
Hampton Court Palace is a royal palace in the town of Hampton, Richmond upon Thames, Greater London, England, 11.7 miles south west and upstream of central London on the River Thames. Redevelopment began to be carried out in 1515 for Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, a favorite of King Henry VIII. In 1529, as Wolsey fell from favor, the King seized the palace for himself and later enlarged it. Along with St James's Palace, it is one of only two surviving palaces out of the many owned by King Henry VIII.
In the following century, King William III's massive rebuilding and expansion project, which destroyed much of the Tudor palace, was intended to rival Versailles. Work ceased in 1694, leaving the palace in two distinct contrasting architectural styles, domestic Tudor and Baroque. While the palace's styles are an accident of fate, a unity exists due to the use of pink bricks and a symmetrical, if vague, balancing of successive low wings. King George II was the last monarch to reside in the palace.
The structure and grounds are cared for by an independent charity, Historic Royal Palaces. In addition the palace continues to display a large number of works of art from the Royal Collection.
FRAMED: HEIGHT: 26½ in | WIDTH: 27½ in
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CONDITION: wear to frame