Old Windsor

Paul Sandby, 1751 - 1764

WAG 988

About this object

Sandby painted many views of Windsor, where his brother was employed as draughtsman to the Duke of Cumberland, Ranger of the Great Windsor Park. Sandby's career shows how skills in painting landscape could develop from the mapping and plotting of the land required for military purposes: in 1747 he was appointed draughtsman to the Military Survey in Scotland.

The simple horizontal format and bird's eye view point in this work show Sandby's links with the topographical engravings of the previous century.

The view is from the Duke of Roxborough's Estate looking south. The Duke of Roxborough bought the Remenham Estate (later called Beaumont) for his eldest son, later the Marquess of Bowmont, in 1751; he sold it in 1764 to Prince Henry, later the Duke of Cumberland. 'Old Windsor' must therefore date from between 1751-1764. If 'Old Windsor' was painted for Sir Joseph Banks (1743-1820) it can be dated more precisely to around 1760.

Object specifics

  • Other title(s)
    South View of Old Windsor from the Duke of Roxburgh's; South View of Old Windsor
  • Artist(s)
    Paul Sandby (British: English, born:baptized 12 January 1731, died:7 November 1809)
  • Date
    1751 - 1764
  • Materials
    Pen; Ink; Watercolour; Gouache; Paper
  • Measurements
    24 cm x 49.2 cms.
  • Physical description
    A view to the south from the Duke of Roxburgh's home. In the foreground figures, horses and a cart travel on a road in front of rustic buildings. Dark trees occupy the middle distance. Beyond is a river and meadows in sunlight.
  • Related people
    Joseph Banks (Previous owner); W Knatchbull (Previous owner); Paul Sandby (Artist/maker); W A Sandby (Associated Person, previous owner)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 988
  • Credit line
    Bequeathed to the Walker Art Gallery by W A Sandby in 1904
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections

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Publications

  • British Watercolours and Drawings: Lord Leverhulme's Collection in the Lady Lever Art Gallery

    Jessica Feather

    Author: Jessica Feather
    Publisher: Liverpool University Press & National Museums Liverpool
    Date: 2010
    Description: Lord Leverhulme's Collection catalogue of Watercolours and Drawings in the Lady Lever Art Gallery

  • Early English Drawings and Watercolours in the Walker Art Gallery

    Edward Morris & Timothy Stevens

    Author: Edward Morris & Timothy Stevens
    Publisher: Liverpool Letterpress Limited, Member of the Steel House Press
    Date: 1968
    Description: Catalogue of Early English Drawings and Watercolours in the Walker Art Gallery collection

Ownership

Previous owners

  • W A Sandby

    Owned from: 1876
    How acquired: Purchased at Christie's on 23 May 1876, Lot 33
    Owned until: 1904
    Disposal method: Bequeathed to the Walker Art Gallery
  • W Knatchbull

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1876
    Disposal method: Sold at Christie's on 23 May 1876, Lot 33
  • Joseph Banks

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded

Inscriptions

Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: Old Windsor / South View from the Duke of Roxborough's (Contemporary Hand)
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  • Inscription text: Robert Dunthorne / The Rembrant Galleries / Liverpool (label obsecured?)
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  • Inscription text: Old Winsor / South Views from the Duke of Roxborough's
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