Tuesday 15th April 2014 Leader: Ian Guy
Windsor Castle: St. George’s Chapel, Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House, State Apartments and Thomas and Paul Sandby temporary exhibition.
St. George’s Chapel is one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in England. Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House, built by Sir Edward Lutyens for Queen Mary between 1921 and 1924, is filled with thousands of objects made by leading artists, designers and craftsmen, nearly all on a tiny scale of 1:12. For many the highlight of the visit will be the State Apartments, reflecting the tastes of their royal occupants, particularly Charles II (r.1660-85) and George IV (r.1820-30). In rivalry with Versailles, Charles modernised the interiors of the castle which became the grandest state apartments in England. George IV gave these apartments a new grand entrance and staircase. The apartments contain very fine paintings, including works by Rembrandt, Rubens, and Canaletto. The temporary exhibition shows watercolours of Windsor by Paul and Thomas Sandby.