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Fallow Deer in Hyde Park, with Kensington Palace

Photo credit: Kensington Palace – Historic Royal Palaces

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This is the earliest known painted view showing Kensington Palace, not long after William III completed his gallery wing to the south of the Palace. The fallow deer in what was still royal Hyde Park – now Kensington Gardens – are the main point of interest for the original owner of the picture, who may have been an official such as the Ranger of the Park. William III and his successors at Kensington Palace, Anne and Georges I and II, were all keen on deer hunting, which explains why they had a paddock for the royal herd just outside the Palace garden wall you can see here.

Kensington Palace

London

  • Date

    c.1695

  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    101.5 x 90 cm (E)

  • Accession number

    3006146

  • Acquisition method

    purchased from Nicholas Bagshawe Fine Art, 2011

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Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace State Apartments Kensington Gardens, London, Greater London W8 4PX England

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