Capturing A Royal Home: Windsor Castle

Take a look at some of the finest 18th-century watercolours of Windsor Castle...

A Royal home and fortress for over 900 years, Windsor castle is the largest and oldest inhabited castle in the world. Now with 20 extraordinary eighteenth century watercolours by the great 18th century watercolourists Paul and Thomas Sandby going on display, the captivating history of one of the world’s greatest and most iconic landmarks is being brought to life. Created from the 1760s to the 1790s, the spectacular paintings provide a fascinating insight into life at Windsor during the reign of George III, who used the Castle as an occasional country retreat for his growing family. Many of the works incorporate scenes of everyday life, from soldiers chatting idly with the townsfolk and street traders hawking their wares, to elegantly dressed visitors strolling on the North Terrace, from where they could admire the views across the Thames Valley. The drawings will be displayed alongside a number of early guidebooks, showing what visitors to Windsor would have experienced 250 years ago.

Capturing the Castle: Watercolours of Windsor by Paul and Thomas Sandby runs at the Drawings Gallery, Windsor Castle, from 7 February until 5 May 2014.

Photograph: Exterior of Windsor Castle by Peter Packer.

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