EDWARD Augustus, Duke of Kent (1767-1820)
Letter signed ("Edward") to architect James Wyatt, concerning repairs and alterations at Kensington Palace, including proposed work on the library
Kensington Palace: 20 May 1809. 6pp., on 3 sheets of paper, each 9 3/4 x 7 3/4 inches. Each sheet inlaid at a later date.
Renovating Kensington Palace.
In this lengthy letter, the father of Queen Victoria consults architect James Wyatt concerning repairs to Kensington Palace. Wyatt had been previously employed by Edward to renovate Castle Hill Lodge, but here discusses proposed improvements at Kensington Palace, which were "in a very dilapidated state, & really disgraceful." Among the needed repairs he requests were the walls of the footman's waiting room, the installation of bookcases and other renovation in the library and changes to the garden room.