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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Gg,3.359

  • Description

    Windsor Castle, the Quadrangle; looking W, along the Quadrangle towards the Keep or Round Tower, approached r, by a covered ascent, with the S range of buildings on the left, including the Augusta Tower, the Black or York Tower, the King's or 'Rubbish' Gate, and on the right, the N range, including King John's Tower, the Spicery Gatehouse, the Private Chapel and St George's Hall, in the centre, two women crossing, on the right, three musketeers and soldiers with a cannon Pen and brown ink, partly ruled, tinted with watercolour and bodycolour, and strengthened with gum, on vellum

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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1607-1677
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 178 millimetres
    • Width: 572 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Inscribed: "Wenceslaus Hollar delineavit"
  • Curator's comments

    Possibly made in 1659, when Hollar visited Windsor in the company of Elias Ashmole. His diary under 25 May (now in the Bodleian) records: 'I went to Windsor and took Mr Hollar with me to take views of the Castle'. A smaller and less elaborate version of approximately the same subject is in the Bodleian Library (Sprinzels no.363).

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  • Bibliography

    • Croft-Murray 1960 11 bibliographic details
    • Binyon 30 bibliographic details
  • Location

    British Imp Vellum PII

  • Subjects

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1799

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    Gg,3.359

Windsor Castle, the Quadrangle; looking W, along the Quadrangle towards the Keep or Round Tower, approached r, by a covered ascent, with the S range of buildings on the l, including the Augusta Tower, the Black or York Tower, the King's or 'Rubbish' Gate, and on the r, the N range, including King John's Tower, the Spicery Gatehouse, the Private Chapel and St George's Hall, in the centre, two women crossing, on the r, three musketeers and soldiers with a cannon
Pen and brown ink, partly ruled, tinted with watercolour and bodycolour, and strengthened with gum, on vellum

Windsor Castle, the Quadrangle; looking W, along the Quadrangle towards the Keep or Round Tower, approached r, by a covered ascent, with the S range of buildings on the l, including the Augusta Tower, the Black or York Tower, the King's or 'Rubbish' Gate, and on the r, the N range, including King John's Tower, the Spicery Gatehouse, the Private Chapel and St George's Hall, in the centre, two women crossing, on the r, three musketeers and soldiers with a cannon Pen and brown ink, partly ruled, tinted with watercolour and bodycolour, and strengthened with gum, on vellum

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