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Joseph Nash (1809-78)

The Lower Ward, Windsor Castle dated 1846

Pencil, watercolour and bodycolour | 33.1 x 47.2 cm (whole object) | RCIN 919780

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  • watercolour view of the Lower Ward, Windsor Castle, on a summer afternoon with choristers emerging from the Horseshoe Cloister and the congregation about to enter St George's Chapel. Signed and dated bottom right: Josh. Nash. 1846.

    Nash appears to have first worked for Victoria and Albert in 1844, when he was commissioned to record events from the visits of, first, the Emperor of Russia and then Louis-Philippe, King of the French. A version of this watercolour was reproduced as a lithograph by Nash in his publication Views of the Interior and Exterior of Windsor Castle (1848), which he dedicated to the Queen. The introduction states: "On the various occasions when the Continental Sovereigns were entertained by Her Majesty at Windsor Castle, Mr Nash had the honour of receiving Her Majesty's commands to make Drawings of the scenes illustrative of the state and ceremony which distinguish the Royal hospitality". As well as such narrative scenes, Nash's publication also included illustrations of rooms and spaces within the Castle (see, for example, RCIN 919781), which must have been made with Victoria and Albert's permission. A complete set of the watercolours relating to the publication - 26 in total - is in the collection of Anglesey Abbey (National Trust).

    Purchased from Rayner MacConnal (London), March 1937

    As part of ongoing provenance research, this work has been identified as having uncertain or incomplete provenance for the years 1933–45. Royal Collection Trust welcomes information and assistance in the investigation and clarification of the provenance of all works during that era.

  • Medium and techniques

    Pencil, watercolour and bodycolour


    33.1 x 47.2 cm (whole object)