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Buckingham Palace : The Interiors

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With rare access, interior designer and artist Ashley Hicks has photographed the State Rooms of Buckingham Palace, home of Britain's monarch since 1837. An important representation of Regency, Victorian, and Edwardian styles, the palace is the work of such noted architects as John Nash. Hicks's eye brings a vibrant take on the formal spaces, capturing the magnificent rooms furnished with treasures from the Royal Collection. Starting at the Grand Staircase, Hicks leads us through the opulently decorated State Rooms, which include the White Drawing Room and the Blue Drawing Room that both overlook the palace gardens; the Ballroom, which is the setting for twenty investiture ceremonies each year; and the Throne Room, used by Queen Victoria for spectacular costume balls in the 1840s. The long, skylit Picture Gallery is hung with important works of art in the Royal Collection by Rembrandt, Rubens, Poussin, van Dyck, Vermeer, and Canaletto, among others. Decorative furnishings from George IV's exotic Brighton Pavilion lend a fanciful turn to many of the rooms. This intimate tour through the Buckingham Palace State Rooms is a necessary addition to the libraries of devotees of the royal family, English architecture, decoration, and the fine arts in general.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 241 x 318 x 25.4mm | 1,859.73g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 200 Colour and Black and White Photographs
  • 0847863190
  • 9780847863198
  • 110,972

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"We've seen a lot of the exterior of Buckingham Palace, from Queen Elizabeth's addresses to various royal baby announcements, but rarely do we get such an intimate look at its interiors. Designer Ashley Hicks takes us inside the palace for a look at where we get a tour of the truly sumptuous rooms (the White Drawing Room, the Throne Room, the Picture Gallery) in Regency, Victorian, and Edwardian styles that span the monarchs." -New York Magazine

"Royal watchers, history buffs and interior design aficionados alike will enjoy this look at the iconic home of Britain's royal family. Interior designer Ashley Hicks (a grandson of Lord Mountbatten and brother of lifestyle entrepreneur India Hicks, who was a bridesmaid at the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana) presents his own photographs of the castle's staterooms, hallways and galleries, and describes the décor and the esteemed history of each. This lavish volume underscores the magnificence of these spaces and provides a strong measure of majesty for readers (especially those who, like me, are anxiously waiting for Season 3 of The Crown to air)." -Design NJ

"Art publishing in 2018 produced a variety of interesting possibilities for the art lover on your Christmas list. Any fan of the British royal family will love Buckingham Palace" -Marina Times
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"We've seen a lot of the exterior of Buckingham Palace, from Queen Elizabeth's addresses to various royal baby announcements, but rarely do we get such an intimate look at its interiors. Designer Ashley Hicks takes us inside the palace for a look at where we get a tour of the truly sumptuous rooms (the White Drawing Room, the Throne Room, the Picture Gallery) in Regency, Victorian, and Edwardian styles that span the monarchs." --New York Magazine "Royal watchers, history buffs and interior design aficionados alike will enjoy this look at the iconic home of Britain's royal family. Interior designer Ashley Hicks (a grandson of Lord Mountbatten and brother of lifestyle entrepreneur India Hicks, who was a bridesmaid at the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana) presents his own photographs of the castle's staterooms, hallways and galleries, and describes the d cor and the esteemed history of each. This lavish volume underscores the magnificence of these spaces and provides a strong measure of majesty for readers (especially those who, like me, are anxiously waiting for Season 3 of The Crown to air)." --Design NJ

"Art publishing in 2018 produced a variety of interesting possibilities for the art lover on your Christmas list. Any fan of the British royal family will love Buckingham Palace" --Marina Times
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About Ashley Hicks

Ashley Hicks is a British author, architect, interior and furniture designer, photographer, and tastemaker. He is the only son of Lady Pamela Hicks and the legendary decorator David Hicks.
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