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William Corden the Younger (1819-1900)

Windsor Castle: the Blue Room, looking toward the window c. 1864

Watercolour and bodycolour over pencil | 26.7 x 32.9 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 919815

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William Corden the Younger was the son of an artist who had worked for both George IV and William IV. In 1844, he accompanied his father to Coburg to make copies of portraits of the Prince's family and to paint views of the city. Thereafter he was regularly commissioned by the Queen, often for copies of oil portraits or to colour photographs of interiors. After Prince Albert's death, he was commissioned to paint watercolours of the Blue Room, and to hand-colour a number of photographs of the same room by William Bambridge.

This watercolour shows the interior of the Blue Room at Windsor Castle, looking towards the window; two beds are on the left with cross-shaped wreathes of flowers on them, a fireplace on the right, and painted ceiling above.