Inside the Book: Richmond Palace

Richmond Palace from Colouring Tudor History

We have arrived at the 25th illustration in Tudor Queens and Consorts: Richmond Palace. Once situated on the opposite bank from the Palace of Westminster along the River Thames, the Richmond Palace we see in this image was the prize of the realm during the reign of Henry VII.

A View of Richmond Palace, published in 1765.

A View of Richmond Palace, published in 1765.

Before it was a palace, it was Sheen manor, beloved home to Richard II and his wife Anna of Bohemia. A heartbroken Richard II ordered the manor to be demolished in 1394 after Anna died from the plague. It was Henry V who ordered the reconstruction of a massive new structure. This new castle-like building in Sheen was completed under the reign of Henry VI and later gifted by Edward IV to Elizabeth Woodville in the middle of the fifteenth century. When Henry VII took the crown in 1485, he and his wife, Elizabeth of York, became the new keepers of the property.

When fire demolished the building in 1497, Henry VII, formerly the Earl of Richmond, oversaw the creation of a new “palace” and the name of Richmond was given to both the building and the town. The palace saw the marriage of Catherine of Aragon and Prince Arthur, was home to Cardinal Wolsey after Henry VIII chose Hampton Court as his favorite dwelling, became a space for royal children and forgotten queens, and eventually settled as a beloved escape for Queen Elizabeth I.

When Elizabeth I died within its walls in 1603, the palace had less than 60 years left of existence. It was ultimately the execution of Charles I that marked the end for this great structure. At the conclusion of the English Civil War in 1651, Charles was deemed a tyrant, executed, and the palace became a symbol for his abuse of power. The commonwealth stripped the palace down to its foundation and sold every last stone for profit.

Now, on to the coloring page itself! Take a look at my watercolor process (yes, watercolor!) for this page in the video below. Note that this was filmed in 2018 and since then I’ve found a new love for color pencils. In this particular video, I state that I prefer watercolors for speed but now that my two boys are two years older, I find I have slightly more free time (key word: slightly) to color with pencils as a way to relax.

A glimpse at my drafting process for the Richmond Palace page in  Tudor Queens and Consorts .

A glimpse at my drafting process for the Richmond Palace page in Tudor Queens and Consorts.