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Virginia Water; view from the N side near the Manor Lodge, to the right the lake with a Chinese boat, in the foreground by two large trees a number of people, including some on horseback and a man of enormous stature, are assembled to welcome King George III whose carriage with six horses is by the shore, the Duke of Cumberland stands next to the King, and two outriders ride up between the trees
Watercolour, with pen and grey ink; on two sheets conjoined
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Height: 455 millimetres
Width: 755 millimetres
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- Engraved by P. Sandby with additional boats, trees, etc., as one of 'Eight Views of Windsor Great Park', 1754.
Thomas Sandby's technique was based on the tradition of drawing developed for military surveying and for the making of architectural views in perspective. After being apprenticed to a surveyor, Thomas Sandby accompanied the Duke of Cumberland's campaigns in Scotland and the Netherlands in the capacity of Ordnance Draughtsman, and when the Duke became Ranger of Windsor Great Park he was appointed as Draughtsman and subsequently as Deputy Ranger. Much of his time was spent at Windsor, where his first major undertaking was to remodel the grounds; this involved the creation of Virginia Water, then the largest artificial lake in the country. The present watercolour is one of a series engraved by his brother Paul, 'Eight Views in Windsor Great Park', 1754; it shows George II (in a plum-coloured suit) in the centre, with his younger son, William Duke of Cumberland pointing to the lake, on which can be seen the Chinese junk (in fact an old hulk dredged from the Thames and decorated in the newly-fashionable chinoiserie style), and at the left a crowd of spectators. The authorship of the figures in drawings of this type is still a matter of dispute; certainly there are sketches by Paul Sandby for several of the figures used in this composition (they also reappear in other drawings), which suggests that the brothers collaborated here.
A more coarsely executed version of this watercolour, differing in some details of composition, is in the Royal Library at Windsor; its attribution to Thomas Sandby is perhaps doubtful.
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- Exhibition history
1934 BM, Exhibition of English Art, no.306
1985, BM, British Landscape Watercolours 1600-1860, no.13
1986 May-Aug, Castle Museum, Nottingham, 'Sandby', (cat.)
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Associated Title: Eight Views of Great Windsor Park
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