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Old Windsor Green

Circa 1762

Paul Sandby (1731 - 1809)

Graphite, pen and ink (grey), watercolour (unfinished) on paper

Height: 35 cm; Width: 79.2 cm;

Titled, lower left, Old Windsor Green
Upper centre, 212
Inscription, Recto, inscribed in graphite, lower left, 'Old Windsor Green', and signed and dated in pen and iron gall ink, lower right 'At Old Windsor, P.S. 1862'; inscribed by the artist in pen and carbon black ink wash above inn sign 'Good Enterta
Inscription, Recto, signed and dated in pen and iron gall ink, 'At Old Windsor P.S. 1762'

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Spooner, William (Mr and Mrs); bequest; 1967

About this work
Described by Gainsborough as ‘the only man of genius who has painted real views from nature in this country’, Sandby introduced radical innovations in British

landscape practice, made possible by his early experience as a military topographer. For this view of an inn at Windsor, Sandby chose a panoramic viewpoint centred on the protruding trees and expanding across two joined sheets. This work, left unfinished, shows his watercolour technique: he applied

thin coloured washes over a careful pencil underdrawing and layers of grey wash to indicate light and shadow. (Permanent collection label)

Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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