The Visior's Hand-Book to Windsor, Eton, and Virginia Water; With a Complete Catalgoue of the Paintings Etc. in the State Apartments of the Castle

The Visior's Hand-Book to Windsor, Eton, and Virginia Water; With a Complete Catalgoue of the Paintings Etc. in the State Apartments of the Castle

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1849 edition. Excerpt: ...TERRACE, the favourite promenade of a long succession of monarchs, and commanding one of the finest and most magnificent prospects in the kingdom. This terrace was the work of Queen Elizabeth; the east and south terraces are of the time of Charles II.; and the three, regarded as a whole, nearly 2000 feet in length, and, taken in connexion with the varied beauty and extent of the country which they overlook, may be pronounced unrivalled. Queen Elizabeth is said to have walked here an hour every day when the weather would permit. Charles I., Cromwell, Charles II., and James II. made it their daily promenade; and there are many persons yet living who remember George III., in his powdered wig, cocked hat, and Windsor uniform (blue, turned up with red), with his queen and numerous family, and surrounded by a host of his loyal subjects, taking the air upon this terrace. Contemplating this glorious scene, this favourite haunt of royalty and nobility, grace, elegance, and beauty, Pepys, in his "Diary," bursts forth in passionate admiration.--" But, Lord! the prospect that is in the balcony at the Queen's Lodgings, and the Terrace and Walk, are strange things to consider, being the best in the world, sure." 1% Eastern Terrace, separated from that on the north by a railed gateway, is connected by flights of steps with the Sank or New Flower Garden, which was laid out under the direction of George II. With a beautiful fountain in the centre, it is adorned with two vases, the work of Cibber, which were brought from Hampton Court, and several statues of both bronze and marble. Amongst the statues also is Le Soeur's celebrated Gladiator, which, in the reign of Charles II., stood at the top of the canal in St. J...show more

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  • Paperback | 26 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236838114
  • 9781236838117