The Orangery, Walpole House in 1830, a watercolour by Elizabeth Guston

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Orangery covered in climbing plants, part of Walpole House

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The Orangery, Walpole House in 1830, a watercolour by Elizabeth Guston

Sir John Vanbrugh designed Walpole House Orangery illustrated here. He was commissioned by Sir Robert Walpole, Britain's first Prime Minister who resided here from 1722 to 1745. It was used in August 1729 for a banquet in honour of Queen Caroline, wife of George II, and her children. Later the house was converted by Sir John Soane into an Infirmary for the Royal Hospital. The Orangery was incorporated as part of the Hospital's library.

Location of original: Chelsea Print Room B1073
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