Buckingham palace : its furniture, decoration & history / by H. Clifford Smith; with introductory chapters on the building and site by Christopher Hussey.

H. Clifford Smith

RA Collection: Book

Record number




London; New York: Country Life Limited; Charles Scribner's Sons, 1931

Physical Description

xxiii, 299 pages, 205 unnumbered pages of plates (some colour) : illustrations, facsimiles, plans, portraits ; 34 cm.

General Note

The printer is named on the verso of page 299: `Printed in Great Britain by Robert Maclehose and Co. Ltd. The University Press, Glasgow.’
Includes bibliographical references and references; appendices and index.
The frontispiece is a black & white photographic reproduction of His Majesty King George V painted at Buckingham Palace in 1926 by Richard Jack, R.A.


I. The site of Buckingham Palace and its earlier buildings -- II. The building of Buckingham Palace -- III. Furnishing the Queen’s House (Buckingham Palace) -- IV. Carlton House, and the Brighton Pavilion -- V. The interior of Buckingham Palace -- VI. The State Apartments -- VII. The State Apartments (continued) -- VIII. The State Apartments (continued) -- IX. The West Front -- X. The East Front -- XI. The lacquered furniture -- XII. The clocks and barometers -- Appendices: A). The Goring House Property and Audley’s Heirs, 1649-77 -- B). King George III’s Directions for assembling a watch -- C). King George III’s musical instruments and music -- D). Royal cabinet-makers (1740-1810) -- E). Tradesmen’s Bills for certain furniture supplied to King George III and Queen Charlotte, and still at Buckingham Palace -- F). Nash’s estimate of 1826 for `Alterations’ at Buckingham Palace'

Binding Note

Light blue cloth binding, titled on upper cover in silver and lettered in silver on spine: `Buckingham Palace. H. Clifford Smith. Country Life.’