Today we visited the Banqueting House to learn more about Stuart London. It is the only surviving building from the original Whitehall Palace. Since Tuesday tours are in the afternoon (usually at 1pm), I had a breakfast of champorado followed by a couple of slices of toast before heading out.
On the way to the Banqueting House we saw a man on horseback. The poor horse was clearly nervous, since it kept swishing its tail and backing up every time someone stood nearby to have a picture taken. Upon entering the Banqueting House the first thing I noticed were the red, blue, and yellow bean bags – unfortunately I didn’t take a picture of one of them!
The paintings on the ceiling were commissioned by Charles I to glorify his father, James I of England (previously known as James VI of Scotland). They were painted by Peter Paul Rubens, who received a knighthood as payment.
The building was designed by Inigo Jones in the classical style that was quickly becoming popular again at the time. The replica of the carved ceiling is still displayed in the Banqueting House, along with a guide to each of the 9 canvases on the ceiling.