- Oil paint on paper
- Support: 610 x 851 mm
- Purchased 1945
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.
Gallery label, September 2004