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As you well know, I love the work of the 18th century artist, Paul Sandby.
Picturing Britain was the fabulous and comprehensive exhibition of his pictures which was held in 2010 at Nottingham and the Royal Academy in London. The accompanying exhibition catalogue is a wonderful prize, giving us a very evocative glimpse of the England Jane Austen knew.
So it is with great pleasure that I can tell you that another exhibition of his works will be held next year at The Drawings Gallery, Windsor Castle from the 7th February until the 5th May 2014, which will comprise items taken from the Royal Collection.
The information on the Royal Collection website tells us:
Paul Sandby was ‘the father of English watercolour’. With his brother Thomas, he produced dozens of watercolours that together comprise a fascinating visual record of Windsor Castle during the reign of George III. Many of the works incorporate scenes of everyday life at the Castle, from soldiers on duty and deliveries being made, to the visiting public enjoying the Castle grounds. Nineteen of the Sandby brothers’ finest views of Windsor are displayed alongside a selection of rare 18th-century guidebooks, offering an intriguing comparison with the experience of visiting the Castle today.
The Prince of Wales, later George IV, was a collector of Sandby’s works. They include this view of Windsor, above, before it was aggrandized by Jeffrey Wyatville in the 1820s. I am very excited by the idea of this exhibition and hope very much to be well enough to be to be able to travel to Windsor to see it. Fingers crossed. Go here to see all the current details of the exhibition, so that you can book a date in your diary.