Benjamin WestA View of Windsor from Snow Hill, Windsor Great Park 1799-1803

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Benjamin West (1738‑1820)
A View of Windsor from Snow Hill, Windsor Great Park
Date 1799-1803
MediumOil paint on paper
Dimensionssupport: 610 x 851 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1945
Not on display

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Although West is known primarily as a history and portrait painter, he also produced a few landscapes. This is one of seven views painted at Windsor where he rented a house while working on his series of paintings for the Royal Chapel in Windsor Castle.
This view, showing the castle in the far distance, is taken from near the end of the Long Walk in Windsor Great Park. Although retouched in 1803, the work was originally exhibited in 1799 with a companion, 'View of Snow Hill', now in the Victoria and Albert Museum. In both works, West adopted the unusual technique of painting in oil on several strips of paper.

September 2004

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