Ronald Maddox (British, B. 1930) "Hampton Court Palace" Signed lower left. Original Watercolor painting on Illustration Board.
Provenance: Collection of James A. Helzer (1946-2008), Founder of Unicover Corporation.
This painting was originally published on the Fleetwood First Day Cover for the Great Britain 13p Hampton Court Palace stamp issued March 1, 1978.
Hampton Court is often called the most beautiful palace in Europe. It was the home of British Kings and Queens for more than two hundred years; the scene of the grand entertainments and the tragic personal disasters which make up the history of Great Britain and its monarchs. Hampton Court was first built in the early 1500's by Thomas Wolsey, Lord Chancellor in the reign of Henry VIII and one of the richest and most powerful men in the kingdom. The palace was immense, and furnished with a magnificence surpassing that of a royal residence. In 1529, Wolsey was stripped of all his wealth and power. In a desperate but unsuccessful attempt to regain the favor of King Henry VIII, Wolsey presented the King with Hampton Court, complete with furnishings, tapestries and lush gardens. At the time, Henry was seeking a divorce from Catherine of Aragon. He moved into Hampton Court with Anne Boleyn, his new love, even though they were not yet married. At once he began to enlarge the house, adding a new library and the magnificent Great Hall which still remains. All Henry's tempestuous marriages took place aginst the backdrop of Hampton Court. The lives of Jane Seymour and Catherine Howard were especially tragic here, and it is said that today they both haunt the Queen's apartments. William III and Mary II completely rebuilt and remodeled Hampton Court in the 1690's. Today, it is a grand palace, filled with priceless paintings and relics that echo great scenes in British history.
Image Size: 8.75 x 10.5 in.
Overall Size: 15.5 x 15.25 in.
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