Artwork - The Lords and Commons presenting the crown to William and Mary in the Banqueting house 1688

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  • Title: The Lords and Commons presenting the crown to William and Mary in the Banqueting house 1688
  • Artist: Edward Mathew Ward
  • Date: 1867 [Date painted]
  • Medium: Waterglass painting
  • Catalogue number: WOA 2606
  • Description: Part of the commission of the fresco on the walls joining the House of Commons and the House of Lords. It was sought to focus on and celebrate heroic action on the part of Royalists and parliamentarians and most of the subjects chosen represent success of groups and individuals over dictatorial regimes: 'The corridors which join the two Houses might properly be decorated with paintings illustrative of that great contest which commenced with the meeting of the Long parliament in 1689. It will be seen that the subjects have been selected on the principle of parallelism, and an attempt has been made to do justice to the heroic virtues which were displayed on both sides.'

    Like many artists of the time ward saw the advent of the Fine arts Commission at the palace of Westminster as a much needed boost for the painter of historical topics. History painting, although highly regarded in the artistic hierarchy, had been poorly served by Britain. Westminster Hall held its first public exhibition in 1843 and Ward submitted the cartoon of 'Boudicea', in 1849 he was commissioned for the eight compartments in the Commons Corridor. The subjects were chosen by the Commissioners, some of whom were prominent historians.

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