St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, Berkshire, England
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A watercolour drawing of a view in Windsor Great Park, from near Cranbourne Lodge. A view of Windsor Castle and Eton College chapel is visible in the distance above a wooded hollow with two rectangular ponds. On two sheets of paper, Villedary watermark, joined vertically. Signed and dated: T. Sandby delin Aug 25. 1752. Inscribed on the frame 'From Bishopsgate, looking West'.
This work is one of a set of five watercolours of Cranbourne and the Great Park, all early works by Thomas Sandby, who continued to work for William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland after returning from Scotland following the Duke's appointment as Ranger of Windsor Great Park (the others are RCINs 914636, 914637, 914638, 914640). In 1768 a set of 'Six Different Views of Cranbourne Lodge and Park' was recorded in the Duke's Dressing Room at the Great Lodge; they are almost certainly the same as the 'Six different Views in Water Colours' recorded in the same room three years earlier (Royal Archives: WRA CP 1/19). The sixth view has not survived.
Cranbourne Lodge was one of the homes of the Duke of Cumberland from 1751, and works were carried out in the grounds in 1752 (Royal Archives: WRA CP 74/369). The two rectangular ponds still exist as marshy willow beds. As the ponds and a nearby dam are visible on a map of Cranbourne dated 1750 in the Royal Collection, the identification on the frame as a view from Bishopsgate is not correct.
Descriptive Medium: 'Pen and ink and watercolour', 'pen and ink', 'watercolour painting'