The Drawings of Paul and Thomas Sandby in the Collection of His Majesty the King at Windsor Castle

The Drawings of Paul and Thomas Sandby in the Collection of His Majesty the King at Windsor Castle

The Drawings of Paul and Thomas Sandby in the Collection of His Majesty the King at Windsor Castle

The Drawings of Paul and Thomas Sandby in the Collection of His Majesty the King at Windsor Castle

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The drawings by Paul and Thomas Sandby in the Royal Library are to some extent familiar to the public through the exhibition of a selection at the entrance to the State Apartments, and they have been freely lent to represent the artists at exhibitions of British Art at home and abroad. Several were reproduced in colour to illustrate the 'History of Windsor Castle', by St.John Hope, and these plates, with some others, were issued separately as the 'Windsor Castle Series'. They have, however, in common with Paul Sandby's work generally, never been studied, William Sandby's book, published in 1892, being confined to biographical matter and quotation of references to the artists by previous writers.

A summary list of the drawings at Windsor Castle is appended by William Sandby to his book. Reference to this and to the earlier Loan Exhibitions is only made when their mention of an identifiable drawing provides the first indication of its presence in the collection. A list of the landscape drawings, with descriptions and measurements, was drawn up before 1915 by Miss Heaton Smith, then an Assistant in the Royal Library, and a similar list, both of the landscape and figure studies, was made, independently, by Mr. A. C. Sewter, to whom this catalogue was entrusted until he joined the army. For the landscape drawings, especially those of Windsor, the order is that of the inventory, which was carefully prepared by the Royal Librarian on a topographic principle. Similar treatment was not found possible for the figure studies, largely because the arrangement of several, sometimes as many as nine, on the same mount fails to accord with either chronology, subject or material. No order, however, can be anything but a series of compromises, and it is hoped that the headings of the groups and the index will facilitate reference.

Grateful acknowledgment is due to H.R.H. The Princess Royal, the Duke of Buccleuch, the Hon. Sir Richard Molyneux and Capt. Bruce Ingram for permission to photograph and reproduce their drawings, to Sir Robert Witt, Capt. Brinsley Ford, Mr. I. A. Williams and many others for information and opportunity to study their collections, to Miss Clayton, late of the Victoria and Albert Museum, and to Dr. Westcott of the Science Museum for assistance in describing costumes and vehicles, and to the officials, past and present, of the British, Victoria and Albert, London and Soane Museums for special facilities to overcome, as far as possible, the limitations caused by the war and the succeeding period--limitations but for which this work would never have been undertaken. Mr. L. Goldscheider has given himself great trouble in preparing the presentation of complicated material. Above all I am indebted to the Royal Librarian and the staff of the Royal Library. Sir Owen Morshead has discussed every material point with infinite patience, and, indeed, enthusiasm, even when the investigation has led to the abandonment of a cherished legend. Mr. F. E. Parsons has kindly set me right on topographical details, and in one or two instances Mr. F. W. Barry's memory has supplied deficiencies in the documentation of individual drawings. Miss Scott-Elliot has given me, both before and after her appointment to the Royal Library, invaluable assistance in every way and at every stage of the compilation of this catalogue.

A. P. O.

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