Landau for King Edward VII – A Watercolor of a Carriage


A watercolor and gilt rendering of the last carriage commissioned by the Royal Family with a handsome calligraphic description beneath. It was specially built (and made slightly oversize) by Hooper & Company for Edward VII and was intended to be used in his coronation on the 9th of August, 1902. It was not, however, used by Edward until October of that year. It is now the most used of all the state carriages. It is used by the Queen to attend Royal Ascot and it was used by Prince Charles to travel to St. Paul’s Cathedral for his wedding to Diana and they both rode in it after the wedding. The watercolor was probably made for the builders of the carriage and was later part of the collection of the Institute of British Carriage Manufacturers. Hooper and Company began manufacturing carriages in the early 1800s and their first Royal Commission came from William IV and followed by Queen Victoria. Commissions from other royalty included Empress Eugenie of France and Alexander III of Russia. It is matted and framed in gilt over maroon painted wood frame and signed with the initials “LJB.” The frame measures 25 1/2 x 29 3/8 inches.

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