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WOODBURYTYPE.
THE ROYAL GARDEN PARTY AT CHISWICK. Painted by the CHEVALIER [LOUIS-WILLIAM] DESANGES. Size of the Picture 16ft. by 7.

Description:
The photograph, measuring c.12.5 x 5.5 cms., is mounted on card size c.16.5 x 11 cms. It is bordered by a single line, with a fleur-de-lys at the top and the title below, with the legend at the lower edge of the card. The card is accompanied by a folded lithographed key identifying some 209 of the 300 figures delineated. The photograph card in excellent condition, the Key has been folded twice and is clean and bright but with a tear in the horizontal fold at each side, though without loss, one corner folded over.

*'A Royal Garden party at Chiswick' was the subject of the very large painting by Louis William Desanges. Measuring 16ft by 7ft, it included 300 figures, with Queen Victoria and the Prince of Wales and their children in the centre foreground. Desanges began the picture in 1875, but it was not completed for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in 1876. It was exhibited by the Autotype Company in 1879 but was completely destroyed in November of that year when escaping gas caused a massive fire. Copies of the Autotype and Key are in both the Royal Collection and in the archive at Chiswick House and give the only remaining image of the painting. LOUIS WILLIAM DESANGES [1822-1887] born in Bexley, the great grandson of a French nobleman who had settled in England, best known for his paintings of Victoria Cross winners and many military scenes, particularly of the Indian Mutiny.

Photographed from the Original Picture and Printed in Permanent Inks by the Autotype Mechanical Process [Woodburytype].

Date Published: c.1879.

Stock No. 61193

Price: 75.00

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