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This drawing of Windsor Castle from Salt Hill was made for an unpublished plate for Turner's series of illustrations of different types of landscape composition, the Liber Studiorum. This included numerous examples of British scenery. As a royal residence and a picturesque castle, Windsor was both the focus of patriotic sentiment and the climax of the contemporary tourist's Thames itinerary. Turner nevertheless places it in a hazy distance, juxtaposed with a humble scene of sheep-washing in the foreground.

August 2004