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The Art of Monarchy

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Paul Sandby (1731-1809)

The ascent to the Round Tower c.1770

RCIN 917876

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Paul Sandby, an influential watercolourist, made numerous views of the Castle and parks of Windsor in the second half of the eighteenth century. Here he shows the interior steps up to the Round Tower, at the time the residence of the Governor of the Castle. Like many other parts of the Castle, the Tower was open to visitors, and here Sandby depicts a family, accompanied by two dogs, a soldier, and a woman nursing a baby, among the visitors who climbed the stairs to admire the view from the gallery around the base of the Tower. The steps have changed little since Sandby painted them in the 1770s.

The exterior of the Round Tower, significantly altered by Jeffry Wyatville as part of George IV’s improvements, reopened to visitors in the summer of 2011. Today, visitors approach the viewing platforms via the same staircase. The building itself now houses the Royal Archives and the photographic section of the Royal Collection.