The Tomb House, connected to St George’s Chapel, was built as a chapel by Henry III. The upper part was rebuilt by Henry VII as a mausoleum but abandoned in favour of Westminster Abbey. Henry VIII granted the building to Cardinal Wolsey, who intended it as a place of burial for himself and hence it became known as ‘Wolsey’s Tomb House’. However, after Wolsey’s disgrace, the building reverted back to the crown. James II refurbished the building as a place of worship and George III made repairs and ordered a vault to be built beneath the structure. After this print was published, the Tomb House was refitted by Queen Victoria, to the designs of Sir George Gilbert Scott, as a memorial to Albert, Prince Consort. It is still known as the Albert Memorial Chapel.
This is one of a series of series of nine plates showing St George’s Chapel, Windsor, which were published, accompanied by a written description. Three engravers worked on the series: Frederick Christian Lewis, William Ellis and Joseph Jeakes, and all the designs were engraved after original watercolours by Frederick Nash. This work is dedicated to ‘the Right Reverend the Lord Bishop of Exeter’, who at the time was John Fisher (1748-1825; later Bishop of Salisbury).
Frederick Nash was born in Lambeth; the son of a builder. He studied architectural drawing under Thomas Malton jnr, before entering the Royal Academy Schools. Nash was employed by architects and drew plates for John Britton’s ‘Architectural Antiquities’ (1807) and Britton and E. W. Brayley’s ‘The Beauties of England and Wales’ (1801-09). From 1807 he worked as architectural draughtsman and lithographer to the Society of Antiquaries. In 1810, he became a member of Society of Painters in Watercolours. He also painted in oils. Nash made sketching trips to Calais, Caen, the Lake District, the Moselle and the Rhine. In 1834 he moved to Brighton. He turned to landscape painting, particularly views of Sussex, before his death in Brighton, aged 73.
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