This magnificent and meticulously researched work focuses on one of the most extensive royal commissions in British history, the royal apartments at Windsor Castle. Director of the Royal Collection and surveyor of the Queen's Works of Art since 1996, Roberts offers insight into the working relationships of architects and craftsmen with George IV and traces the renovation and decoration of each of the rooms and suites that first transformed this modest residence and former fortress into the architectural icon we know today. Lavishly illustrated with surviving drawings and sketches of rooms and furnishings prepared by architects (e.g., Jeffry Wyatville, A.C. Pugin, A.W.N. Pugin) and furniture makers (e.g., Nicholas Morel, George Seddon), the book also documents the wall hangings, curtains, and upholstery. Roberts includes information compiled from previously unpublished documents, correspondence, original accounts, and detailed inventories of furnishings. Highly recommended for collections focusing on architecture, the decorative arts, and design. Stephen Allan Patrick, East Tennessee State Univ. Libs., Johnson City Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.