William Henry Pyne. (Kitchen at St. James Palace) ...Royal Residences. London: Ackermann, 1819. $495.00
"Kitchen St. James's Palace."
In the first quarter of the 19thcentury Britain was a mighty power proud of her accomplishments and anxious to display her wealth and culture. William Pyne produced a number of works for British and foreign audiences celebrating these wonders. His chosen medium of hand colored aquatinting allowed the artists and engravers to capture an amazing amount of fascinating detail concerning architecture, clothing, and activities of everyday life. This engraving was included inThe History of the Royal Residences of Windsor Castle, St. James's Palace, Carlton House, Kensington Palace, Hampton Court, Buckingham House, and Frogmore. This view of the royal kitchens also includes the wide variety of foodstuffs, methods of preparation including baking, roasting and butchering, and cooking utensils employed by the large number of people required to prepare the royal meals.
Hand colored aquatinted engraving. Excellent condition. Framed in hand painted “Hicks” mouldings in the 19thcentury style. Framed to finished dimensions of 18 ¾ x 20 ¾ inches.