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This is a view of royal estates: Hampton Court Palace and perhaps Windsor Castle, which has been identified in the fantasy castle to the right. The landscape seems to have been manipulated to juxtapose two great palaces of the reigning Queen, Anne.

The landscape, while very detailed, has imposed upon it a grid-like series of building and gardens stretching away as far as the eye can see. What does this painting suggest about royal power and the landscape?

March 2011