Monday, August 4, 2008


The Sculpture Corridor - Osbourne by James Roberts, 1852. Look at the meticulous detail of all the mouldings and architectural features - amazing!

The Council Room, Osbourne. It was used for the business of the Sovereign, but also doubled as a ballroom or theatre on royal birthdays and a drawing room for formal visits by foreign royalty. Painted in 1861 by James Roberts.

This was Prince Albert's dressing room painted by James Roberts - 1851. It adjoined the Queen's sitting room and, on the right, his bathroom.

The Queen's dressing room, also captured here by James Roberts - 1851.

Osbourne House is the former Royal Residence on the Isle of Wight that Prince Albert and Queen Victoria bought and altered for their young family in 1845. After Albert's death in 1861 and the Queen's subsequent death in 1901, Osbourne House was donated to the nation by an act of Parliament. The State Apartments still remain open to the public. This home is unique because it stands as a monument to their loving marriage and happy family life together. I, of course, was interested in these exquisite watercolor renderings of a few interior rooms, all by James Roberts. I particularly loved the way he was able to reproduce the paintings in the rooms, especially Albert's beloved Italian art collection in his dressing room. His dressing room could trump any of the closets of celebrities that people ooh and ahh over today!!


pve design said...

Wow - swell digs!

annechovie said...

Hi Patricia! Yes, not too shabby, are they?

Alkemie said...

Anne, the details in these drawings are just amazing! Thanks for sharing these wonderful illustrations!

Karen :)

The Peak of Chic said...

Anne- These renderings are just charming! Thank you for sharing :)

Anonymous said...

I'm so amazed at all the detail. How lovely..thanks for sharing these :)

Tara said...


What great paintings!

Like the Long Boat key pic, this is one of our fave places to go, spent last Christmas there! My fave restaurant--Cha Cha Coconuts at St Armand's Circle! Oh, how I love it in that part of FLA!

I am back from a 2 wk unplug vacation--hope you can hop over for a visit!

Vana said...

wow...that's all i can say! I can imagine how one must have felt walking through those spaces...touching all those fabrics and furnishings on daily you think people appreciated these stuff as much as we do now?

la la Lovely said...

Simply beautiful!!!!

annechovie said...

Hi Karen, Jennifer, M., Tara, Vana and Trina!
Thank you all so much for your comments - so glad you enjoyed the renderings. James Roberts' talent was amazing, wasn't it!