Windsor Castle from the Park, ca. 1810-30
Watercolor on paper
25 1/2 x 39 3/4 in. (65 x 101 cm)
Most of Copley Fielding's landscapes were views of the countryside around London and the southeast of England. This watercolor shows Windsor Castle in Berkshire, one of the British royal family's principal residences, on the River Thames. Although a long way off in the distance, the castle is distinctive, its square towers and rigid outline clearly setting it apart from its surroundings. The view that Copley Fielding chose was from Windsor Great Park, the extensive area of woodland and parkland surrounding the royal estate that was open to the public. The estate can be seen beyond the field in the foreground and the heavy line of trees. The scene is peaceful and pastoral, with cattle grazing in the nearby field and a rider passing by on horseback.
Private collection, U.K.; Sotheby's, London, July 10, 1997, lot 124
Related work: Slightly smaller picture depicting the same view, Sotheby's, London, November 17, 1988, lot 128
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