An Exact View of the Kings House at Winchester in HampshireDedicated to the Officers of the Militia
Rare etching, platemark 195 x 410mm (7¾ x 16"). Very large margins.
The palace at Winchester commissioned by Charles II in 1682 and designed by Christopher Wren, inspired by Versailles. Following Charles' death in 1685 (at which point the palace was unfinished) subsequent monarchs James II and William III had little interest in the project and it found no permanent use until 1756, when it was used as a prison during the Seven Years' War (the purpose it probably served when this print was made). It was later used to house refugees fleeing the French Revolution, and to billet British soldiers. The palace burnt down in 1894 after which new buildings (now residential) were constructed in a similar style. Print made by James Peake (c.1729-82).
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