This is evidently a sketch from nature in view of its small size, broad handling and simplified tonal patterns. It probably dates from about the time that Havell was preparing watercolours of Windsor Castle for the exhibitions of the Society of Painters in Water Colours in 1806, 1807 and 1808. It may be compared with Turner's Thames sketches of 1805 and also to those of their mutual friend William Delamotte. An example by Turner is shown to the right, whilst one by Delamotte hangs on the opposite wall.
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