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Watercolour - Buckingham House, St James's Park
  • Buckingham House, St James's Park
    Dayes, Edward, born 1763 - died 1804
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Buckingham House, St James's Park

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (painted)

  • Date:

    1790 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Dayes, Edward, born 1763 - died 1804 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour, wash, pen and ink

  • Credit Line:

    Given by William Smith

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case DR, shelf 16 []

Edward Dayes (1763-1804) was one of the most respected watercolourists of the 18th century. He taught the artist Thomas Girtin (1775-1802) and also influenced Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851).

His watercolour technique was typical of the later 18th century. After making a careful outline drawing in pen and ink, he would apply grey-blue washes with his brush. He would then use the colours to finish the painting. Here Dayes shows a magnificent building that is upstaged by the figures in front of it. In this he was challenging such artists as Thomas Rowlandson (1756-1827).

The architect John Nash (1752-1835) altered and enlarged Buckingham House in the mid 1820s for George IV. It then became known as Buckingham Palace.

Physical description

Watercolour depicting Buckingham House, St James's Park.

Place of Origin

London (painted)


1790 (painted)


Dayes, Edward, born 1763 - died 1804 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour, wash, pen and ink


Height: 39.3 cm, Width: 64.2 cm

Descriptive line

Watercolour by Edward Dayes entitled 'Buckingham House, St James's Park'. Great Britain, 1790.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1963 . London: HMSO, 1964.
Lambert, Susan (ed.) Pattern & Design: Designs for the Decorative Arts 1480-1980 London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1983


Watercolour; Pen and ink



Subjects depicted

House; Crowd scenes


Drawings; Paintings; Topographical watercolours


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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