Windsor Castle: The Round Tower, Royal Court and Devil's Tower from the Black Rod

Paul Sandby(c. 1767)

National Gallery of Victoria

National Gallery of Victoria
Melbourne, Australia

Acclaimed at the time of his death as the father of British watercolour painting, Sandby was the most distinguished and versatile later-eighteenth-century watercolourist who specialised in topography. Sandby had trained as a surveyor and military draughtsman and his skill in depicting architecture is evident in his impressive series of Windsor Castle drawings of the later 1760s which are characterised by sparkling light, crisp detail and finely observed figures. He worked in transparent watercolour, but also produced paintings such as this in which he made extensive use of the opaque medium of gouache for its greater strength of colour.

Text by Cathy Leahy © National Gallery of Victoria, Australia


  • Title: Windsor Castle: The Round Tower, Royal Court and Devil's Tower from the Black Rod
  • Creator: Paul Sandby
  • Date Created: (c. 1767)
  • Physical Dimensions: 29.7 x 43.7 cm (Sheet)
  • Type: Watercolours
  • Rights: National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Felton Bequest, 1922, © National Gallery of Victoria
  • External Link: National Gallery of Victoria
  • Medium: watercolour and gouache over traces of pencil
  • Provenance: Acquired from the artist by Sir Joseph Banks (1743–1820); included in the sale, Catalogue of sixty-seven drawings by Paul Sandby …painted for the late Joseph Banks, Christie’s London, 23 May 1876, no. 22; collection of Mrs Isabella Anderdon Weston (d. 1922, m. 1870), Holme Grange, Wokingham, before 1922; inlcuded in a sale of her estate and various properties, Sotheby’s London, 16 February 1922, no. 84; from where purchased by Thomas Agnew & Son, London; from where purchased for the Felton Bequest, 1922.

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