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The American-born artist Benjamin
West was mainly a portrait and history painter. However, he sometimes painted from nature, notably at Windsor where
he owned a house.

 

This small canvas may well have been painted in the open air, as it is particularly bright in colour and loose in handling. The view is from the East Terrace of Windsor Castle, looking over the Home Park towards Datchet. West admired the early nature studies shown to him by Constable and recommended direct nature study
to other painters, including John Linnell.

August 2004