London; or, Interesting memorials of its rise, progress, & present state Volume 3

9781150009853: London; or, Interesting memorials of its rise, progress, & present state Volume 3
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1824 edition. Excerpt: ...of Charles I., to whom Windsor Castle was so much indebted, nothing has been done to the palace until the reign of George the Third, except a painted staircase, began in the reign of Queen Anne, by Sir James Thornhill, and finished by him in the reigri of George I., which was removed in 1800 to make room for the more magnificent gothicstaircase erected by Mr. Wyatt. Windsor Castle, which is most delightfully situated on the summit of a lofty hill, is divided into two courts, or wards, with a large keep between, formerly called the middle ward; a tower once stood near the Dean's house, which with a wall and draw bridge separated this part from the lower ward. The whole occupies about twelve acres. The terrace in front of the castle is faced with a rampart of stone, 1870 feet in length. Adjoining to the terrace is a gate leading to the parks, which are four miles in circumference. It would occupy a volume to do justice to the interior of Windsor Castle, almost every room of which is so fertile in embellishment, ornamented with valuable paintings, and furnished with the most princely magnificence; nor have we room to enumerate the entertainments which have so frequently taken place within its walls, v " In greater feast than Priam's son of Troy;" or, with the accomplished Earl of Surrey, to recount " The stately seats, the ladies bright of hue, The dances short, long tales of great delight, With words and looks that tigers could but rue." Some idea of the expense bestowed on embellishing Windsor Castle, may be formed, from the sum paid by Charles the Second to a single artist, Verrio, for painting the ceilings, which amounted to 79452. 8s. 4-d. exclusive of several private gratuities which, probably, were not much less, and a large sum he received...

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