My job gives me the privilege of being out and about every day in London.

Whether leading a walk, visiting a museum or gallery, or just enjoying the city's bustle or its quiet spaces, there's always something new to see, something interesting going on.

In my blog, I seek to reflect the ever-changing patterns of life in the greatest City on Earth!

Hampton Court & Daniel Marot

When William of Orange left Holland to be crowned King of England, he was followed by one Daniel Marot, who had fled France following the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685.  Marot’s influence was pervasive at the Court of of William III.  He became the first in Holland and England to try to co-ordinate architecture and interior decoration and to design all the decorative elements of a room. How sad it is that the wonderful wall panels of Queen Mary’s Closet at Hampton are no longer accessible to the pubic, as the room is being used as a store room and full of scaffolding.  But he was also a garden designer – the east gardens here were designed by Marot, with the parterre and goose foot  yew bordered alleys. far less subtle today, but the outline is still there. An extraordinary man – he designed William III’s state coach – today used by the Speaker of the House of Commons, he strongly inspired the Great State beds of the late 17C, and he was at the centre of a whole web of Huguenot craftsmen.  And then he left, back to Holland, following the death of William in 1702.  What more would he have done, had he stayed?


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