Kensington Palace

Art, Architecture and Society

Edited by Olivia Fryman; With contributions by Sebastian Edwards, Olivia Fryman, Joanna Marschner, Deirdre Murphy, and Lee Prosser

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December 4, 2018
392 pages, 9 3/4 x 11 3/8
448 color + b/w illus.
ISBN: 9780300236538

Published in association with the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

Go behind the scenes of generations of the British royal family, exploring both the glamour and domestic life inside the spectacular 300-year-old Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace is renowned for its architecture, splendid interiors, internationally important collections, and, of course, its royal residents. This lavish book thoroughly explores Kensington’s physical beauty and its history, presenting new material drawn from archives, newspapers, personal letters, images, and careful analysis of the building itself. Originally a fashionable Jacobean villa, Kensington was dramatically rebuilt in 1689 by Christopher Wren for the newly crowned monarchs, William III and Mary II. The palace became the favored London home of five sovereigns, yet also survived fires, partial collapse, bombings, and periods of neglect. Queen Victoria recognized the national significance of her birthplace and childhood home, turning the palace into her own memorial as well as a home for members of her extended family and their descendants. With over 450 illustrations, including specially commissioned reconstructions and historic plans, this volume explores the personal tastes and fashions of the British monarchy over the course of 300 years and provides insight into the 20th- and 21st-century royal family’s domestic life.

Olivia Fryman is curator at the Chitra Collection, London, and was an assistant curator at the Royal Collection Trust and Historic Royal Palaces. 

Kensington Palace gathers a sumptuous array of photographs, sketches and oil paintings of the 300-year old stately building complex” — Ian Thomson, Evening Standard