Osborne House is the great monument of the English town of Cowes is the Isle of Wight, in the south of the country. In fact, this building was the summer residence built by Queen Victoria in the middle of the 19th century.
Until then the queen and her husband spent their summers in the ostentatious Royal Pavilion in Brighton, but the arrival of the railway there and with it the ease for many Londoners to visit that town in summer, made the queen seek another more intimate place to spend the summer. She and she chose the Isle of Wight where she had gone as a child. And she, specifically, she bought the Osborne mansion, however soon the couple decided to make a profound reform in the construction to modify theGeorgian stylethat she had originally. A reform that lasted practically from 1845 to 1851 and was led by Victoria's own husband, Prince Albert. Of course, with the close collaboration of the architect Thomas Cubitt who also worked on the reform of the Buckingham Palace in London.
The construction style chosen for the Neo-Renaissance, since Alberto was in love with it and more specifically with the Bay of Naples, and this place in Cowes somehow reminded him of the Mediterranean.
But in addition to the exterior of this great house, where its facades are integrated into spacesTruly lush landscaped, the most striking are the interiors of the building. In it, the royal apartments, where the royal family essentially lived during the summer, are quite simple. Especially if we compare them with the more formal rooms such as the Great Dining Room and the Billiards Room, rooms absolutely full of art both in the form of furniture and decoration or paintings on walls and ceilings.
And another of the most formal spaces is the Ala Durbar, which was built several years later. In 1891, when it was decided to incorporate a large banquet room. In this case, a particular reinterpretation of the original art of the most precious territory of all the colonies of the Victorian era was chosen as the architectural style. That is, the India. And as a curiosity, suffice it to say that the ornate oriental ornamentation of this room was designed by Lockwood Kipling, who was none other than the father of the writer who best represents British colonialism: Rudyard Kipling, author of such famous works as Kim or The Jungle Book.
In short, this construction is somehow a wonderful materialization of the historical period that represents the Victorian era. And even the queen after whom that phase of British history is named died here in 1901.