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James Baker Pyne (1800-1870)

The North Terrace at Windsor Castle, looking west c.1839

RCIN 453333

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This is the original watercolour for a lithograph in Pyne’s large-format album of views, Windsor, with its Surrounding Scenery, the Parks the Thames Eton College &c., published in 1839. The North Terrace, Windsor Castle looking west is reproduced as plate III. In the making of this album Pyne visited some of the sites from which Paul Sandby had worked in the second half of the eighteenth century. The North Terrace, perched on the edge of a steep slope and affording views which encompass both the Castle buildings and the surrounding countryside, was a favourite site for Sandby, as it would be for many later artists - including John Piper. A self-taught artist, James Baker Pyne first exhibited in his native Bristol in 1824, eventually moving to London in 1835. A painting by Pyne of Windsor Castle from the Thames was shown at the Royal Academy in the following year. In addition to English views he painted scenes in Venice and the Swiss lakes. Catalogue entry adapted from Watercolours and Drawings from the Collection of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, London, 2005