Known for its superb art, Windsor Court boasts a museum quality collection of paintings, sculptures, tapestries and furnishings dating from the 17th to late 20th centuries. Most pieces are of British origin with a decided emphasis on Windsor Castle and the Royal Family’s life there. Here is a sample of some of the works you may encounter during your visit:
Lobby - Near the Front Desk, view 17th century lavish court life in King Charles II's Last Sunday, a painting by William Powell Frith, which was originally housed at the Royal Academy of London. Nearby, an exquisite example of Nicolas de Largilliere’s work, Portrait of the Prince of Wales and His Sister (James and Louisa are portrayed as young children of James II). Also greeting arriving guests are King George V and Queen Mary in full Empire regalia, in a portrait by J. Barton, and a Thomas Thornycroft bronze sculpture of a young Queen Victoria on Horseback gracing the entrance to Le Salon.
Second Floor - Adjacent to the Polo Club Lounge, view works such as Sir Joshua Reynolds’ portrait of Captain William Saltern-Wylett, RN and Viscount Linley’s (nephew of Elizabeth II) Marquetry Scene which is a view of the Queen’s private rose garden at Windsor. And, inside the Polo Club sits the George V Cup, a trophy presented to the 1910 winner of Ascot.
Also on the second floor along Nash Hall are 25 hand-finished chromolithographs of Windsor Castle's private and State apartments by Sir Joseph Nash as commissioned by Queen Victoria in the mid-nineteenth century. Gracing the walls are also two notable depictions of Windsor Castle, including a fine 1885 painting by W.R. Stone, and Windsor Castle from the Thames painted by Thomas Gainsborough, RA. A scale model of Windsor Castle, an original from the renovation of the castle in the 1820’s as presented by the renowned Sir Jeffrey Wyattville, is also displayed.
In the Palm Court, see Sir Anthony Van Dyck's Queen Henrietta Maria (consort to Charles I) and exquisitely on display in the Boardroom, two early 18th century works - a Brussels Tapestry, of Vertumnus and Pomona and a Jacob Huysman painting portraying A Noblewoman with Her Three Children.
Club Lounge (22nd Floor) - Handsomely gracing the private Club Lounge are other fine examples of Windsor royalty that include a prophetically haunted Edward VIII When Prince of Wales; David, as he was known, wearing the uniform of the Welsh guards; and a needlepoint tapestry worked by the prince himself.
So come...experience a piece of history and live the life of royalty.