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photoblog image Osborne House - Part 1 1/6

Osborne House - Part 1 1/6

Osborne House is a former royal residence in East Cowes, Isle of Wight. The house was built between 1845 and 1851 for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert as a summer home and rural retreat. Prince Albert designed the house himself in the style of an Italian Renaissance palazzo. The builder was Thomas Cubitt. An earlier smaller house on the site was demolished to make way for a new and far larger house, though the original entrance portico survives as the main gateway to the walled garden. I took nearly 180 pictures at Osborne House so I can only show you a very small selection to give you some idea of what a marvellous place it is to visit. It was difficult to get this all in one picture hence the two side by side. On the left hand side is the Durbar Wing, an addition to the building in 1890-91 to house part of Victoria’s extensive family. The central building with the tower is The Pavilion which was completed in 1845 and consisted of the main rooms for both the residents and the staff. On the right is the Main Wing with the Grand Corridor link various parts of the house together. The foreground in both pictures is the carriage ring where visiting guests etc.’s carriages would be drawn up when arriving or departing. Sadly photography is not allowed in the house, by order of Her Majesty the Queen, which is a shame as there are some beautiful rooms and a host of excellent statues.

Osborne House - Part 1 1/6

Osborne House is a former royal residence in East Cowes, Isle of Wight. The house was built between 1845 and 1851 for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert as a summer home and rural retreat. Prince Albert designed the house himself in the style of an Italian Renaissance palazzo. The builder was Thomas Cubitt. An earlier smaller house on the site was demolished to make way for a new and far larger house, though the original entrance portico survives as the main gateway to the walled garden. I took nearly 180 pictures at Osborne House so I can only show you a very small selection to give you some idea of what a marvellous place it is to visit. It was difficult to get this all in one picture hence the two side by side. On the left hand side is the Durbar Wing, an addition to the building in 1890-91 to house part of Victoria’s extensive family. The central building with the tower is The Pavilion which was completed in 1845 and consisted of the main rooms for both the residents and the staff. On the right is the Main Wing with the Grand Corridor link various parts of the house together. The foreground in both pictures is the carriage ring where visiting guests etc.’s carriages would be drawn up when arriving or departing. Sadly photography is not allowed in the house, by order of Her Majesty the Queen, which is a shame as there are some beautiful rooms and a host of excellent statues.

comments (14)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 29 Aug 2016, 02:17
That long balcony on the right looks rather impressive, Brian.
Brian Walbey: I think it was there for people to be outside, bu inside, at the same time, if you know what I mean.
When I looked at this I thought it looked Italian... then I read your text! Great isn't it!
Brian Walbey: It is a beautiful building inside and outside, it is a shame the Queen won't allow photos inside, it's not as if she ever goes there herself!
  • Martine
  • France
  • 29 Aug 2016, 05:21
Magnifique bâtiment, j'aime beaucoup.
Brian Walbey: It is a beautiful building inside and outside, it is a shame the Queen won't allow photos inside.
Lovely diptych indeed Brian!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Richard.
Seeing both images, Brian, adds the pieces you wouldn't see otherwise. It truly is impressive.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ginnie, upon reflection I should have done one straight panorama.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 29 Aug 2016, 07:20
Yes, it looks Italian - a very impressive ensemble I visited last year.
Brian Walbey: I know you went there last year so I hope this series brings back memories of a good day out for you.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 29 Aug 2016, 07:37
A pity about the banning of inside photography, but outside this architecture is worth a few minutes of anyone's time to enjoy
Brian Walbey: It is a beautiful building inside and outside, it is a shame the Queen won't allow photos inside.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 29 Aug 2016, 08:12
I have read an article by a photographer who specialise in buildings. He takes days to case a building to be photographed. The angles, time of day (or night), etc. When he has come to a decision, he sets up his equipment and on the given moment press the button. He is commissioned by builders, architects and developers. The work he does is amazing. I was reminded of the article when I saw the difference caused by different angles between the two shots. It was a lovely day for photography.
Brian Walbey: I actually admire really top class architectural work done by people who know just what to do. In reality i should have done just one panorama shot of this part of the building.
Is this your second dabble into this place Brian, or am I missing you up with someone else.
Brian Walbey: No my only visit Chad, Alan featured a few photos from there of recent times, perhaps you are thinking of those.
One of the best reasons to visit the Isle of Wight!
Brian Walbey: Indeed Bill, we made sure the coaching holiday we went on included a whole day at the house, many companies only give a couple of hours which is no time at all for a place like this.
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 29 Aug 2016, 09:29
My great-grandfather was a scenic artist employed by Victoria, and I believe here in Osborne Housee - I know the family liked theatrical
Brian Walbey: That's interesting, so perhaps we saw some work by your GGF without knowing it.
You got a perfect day for your outing.
Brian Walbey: It was one of the best days of the summer, we had a lovely time, both in the house and round the grounds, there is so much to see as I will show you over the next few days.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 29 Aug 2016, 17:39
It's a beautiful building and even I could recognise the Italian influence in the design. Its one of the few history houses I've been in; unusual for me as I prefer the exterior and the gardens generally.

Just seeing who the builder was I know that there isa chain of estate agents just across the water called Cubitt & West; I wonder if there is an historical connection?
Brian Walbey: I was so glad to have visited Osborne, it is a beautiful house inside and outside, and indeed perhaps there is a long ago connection with the name of Cubitt that you suggest.
Interesting stuff, Brian - I've never been to the island, probably never will now!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Tom, it is a beautiful island, we went with Shearings rather than drive ourselves down there, it worked out quite well.

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