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Historic views of Windsor Castle to go on display

Historic views of Windsor Castle to go on display

Francis Batt

Historic views of Windsor Castle to go on display

Historic views of Windsor Castle created by the great 18th-century watercolourists Paul and Thomas Sandby go on display next month.

The 20 works will be in the Drawings Gallery at the castle between February 7 and May 5, giving a fascinating insight into what life was like there during the reign of George III.

The drawings will be displayed alongside a number of early guidebooks, showing what visitors to Windsor

would have experienced  250 years ago. Visitors from this century can use a free app to explore the 18th-century views and compare them with the appearance of the castle today.

'The father of English watercolour' Paul Sandby (1730–1809) and his older brother Thomas (1721–98) were among the founding members of the Royal Academy under the patronage of George III in 1768.

The watercolours document the appearance of the castle before the major remodelling by George IV in the 1820s.

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