St. James' Palace. From St. James' Street by Joseph Pennell

St. James Palace. From St. James Street by Joseph Pennell

St. James' Palace. From St. James' Street

Joseph Pennell

Title

St. James' Palace. From St. James' Street

 
Artist

Joseph Pennell

  1857 - 1926 (biography)
Year
1904  
Technique
etching 
Image Size
8 1/8 x 11 1/16" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower center 
Edition Size
probably 35 proofs (plate destroyed) 
Annotations
 
Reference
Wuerth 298; Library of Congress 1403, 1404, 1405.Wuerth 
Paper
antique-white laid with unidentified watermark. 
State
I/I 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
20047 
Price
$900.00 
Description

One of London's oldest palaces, Tudor style Saint James's Palace is located in Pall Mall, just north of St James's Park. It was commissioned by Henry VIII and finished in 1536 and dedicated to his wife Anne Bolyn, as an escape residence for the royal family.

Although no sovereign has resided there for almost two centuries, it has remained the official residence of the Sovereign and is the most senior royal palace in the UK. For this reason it gives its name to the Royal Court (the "Court of St James's"). It is the ceremonial gathering place of the Accession Council, which proclaims a new sovereign.

In 1809, a fire caused severe damage to St. James’s Palace and although much of the damage was repaired, the chapel that had previously been part of it now was separated from the palace and has remained so to this day. The weddings of William and Mary, George III and Queen Charlotte, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, and George V and Queen Mary took place in the Royal Chapel of the palace and, in 2013, Prince George was christened there.

Pennell, in a nod to his mentor, Whistler, trimmed the margin at the top to within an eighth of an inch. While printing this impression he left 2 faintly inked fingerprints at the lower center and lower right platemark, a permanent "signature."