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Authors: Lucy Worsley
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The Secret History of Kensington Palace
‘Those who have a curiosity to see courts and courtiers dissected must bear with the dirt they find.’1JOHN HERVEY
‘Those who have a curiosity to see courts and courtiers dissected must bear with the dirt they find.’1
1. John Hervey,Some Materials towards Memoirs of the Reign of King George II, Ed. Romney Sedgwick, Vol. 2 (London, 1931), p. 347.
List of Illustrations
ONETo the Palace
TWOThe Petulant Prince
THREEThe Pushy Painter
FOURThe Wild Boy
FIVEThe Neglected Equerry
SIXThe Woman of the Bedchamber
SEVENThe Favourite and his Foe
EIGHTThe Queen’s Secret
NINEThe Rival Mistresses
TENThe Circle Breaks
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Kensington Palace, set in the middle of its famous gardens.
Courtiers having tea at Lord Harrington’s house.
The King’s Grand Staircase, leading up to the state apartments at Kensington Palace.
Peter the Wild Boy and Dr Arbuthnot.
Mohammed and his colleague Mustapha, two of George I’s most trusted servants.
A woman thought to be Queen Caroline’s milliner, Mrs Tempest.
Robert and Franciscus, assistants to painter William Kent.
Unknown ladies with fan and child.
King George I.
Sir James Thornhill: the older, well-established painter who had fully expected to decorate Kensington Palace.
The Cupola Room at Kensington Palace.
The talented and bumptious William Kent, with his actress-mistress, Elizabeth Butler.
Herrenhausen: the beautiful garden palace outside Hanover where George I invested much money and effort.
George I’s mausoleum, overlooking his beloved gardens at Herrenhausen.
The spot in the River Leine, Hanover, where legend tells that the murdered body of George I’s adulterous wife’s lover was thrown by members of the Hanoverian court.
Mustapha and Mohammed in the garden of a German hunting lodge.
George II and Queen Caroline.
Frederick, Prince of Wales and his sisters.
William Hogarth’s painting of a theatrical performance, with Lady Deloraine in the audience.
John Hervey, holding his ceremonial purse of office as Lord Privy Seal.
John Hervey’s letter book, with certain pages mysteriously missing.
The iron collar worn by Peter the Wild Boy.
Henrietta Howard at the age of thirty-five.
George II in old age.
Detail from sketch of Hampton Court bowling pavilions
Detail from sketch of Hampton Court, east front
Prince George Augustus
London’s royal residences in the 1720s
St James’s Palace
Detail from sketch of Hampton Court, east gardens
A bird’s-eye view of St James’s Palace
The crowded drawing room at St James’s Palace
William Kent at work with his pen
The main rooms rebuilt in the 1720s
William Kent’s sketch for the drawing-room ceiling, Kensington Palace
In this print William Hogarth calls Kent by the shortest word for the female genitalia
Ulrich Jorry, the loud-mouthed dwarf
Mohammed and Mustapha
William Kent and Elizabeth Butler
Poor Peter, the wild child found in the woods
One of many newspaper cuttings showing the ‘Wild Youth’
How to bow, an art you learnt from your dancing master
The brilliant Dr John Arbuthnot
Detail from sketch of Kensington Palace’s gardens
Courtiers enjoying themselves by the Round Pond to the east of Kensington Palace in 1736
A satirical print calledThe Festival of the Golden Rump
The south view of Kensington Palace
The king’s, the queen’s and the mistress’s apartments at Kensington Palace
A cook, sketched by William Kent
Detail from sketch of Hampton Court, south front
Frederick, Prince of Wales
Augusta’s refuge from the in-laws: the house that William Kent created for the Prince and Princess of Wales at Kew
Caroline’s ‘room of her own’: the library William Kent designed for her at St James’s Palace
William Kent’s portrait of the mature Queen Caroline
William Hunter’s engraving of an unborn baby, 1752
The obese Queen Caroline, sketched on her deathbed by one of her ladies
Detail from sketch of the south view of Kensington Palace
George II with his late-life mistress, Amalie
A court mantua
Detail from sketch of Kensington PalaceThe aged King George II
Peter the Wild Boy in his later years
The King’s Grand Staircase at Kensington Palace