Last week members had the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of King William III on our Baroque Garden Tour. Starting on the East Front and then moving on to the Privy Garden, once used only by the King and his intimates, our guides explained how the Baroque façades and the gardens complimented each other. The flamboyant ironwork of the Tijou screens and the intricate broderie design of the parterre show the King controlling nature while the statue of Apollo shields his eyes form the glaring magnificence of William’s new palace.
Then we entered the beautiful Little Banqueting House (usually closed to the public) where we learned about Antonio Verrio, a gardener as well as a painter.
Here he created the most risqué paintings, depicting the amorous adventures of the Gods in what must have seemed like a gentlemen’s club, with the King’s closest friends enjoying desserts and fine wines in this little haven by the Thames.
If you would like to join one of tours more will take place on 22 & 29 August starting at 14.00 meeting on the East Front entrance of Hampton Court Palace.