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    Sale 5280

    The Sunday Sale - Property from the Collection of The Late The Hon. Mrs. Angela Lascelles

    28 October 2007, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 220

    WILLIAM DANIELL, R.A. (1769-1837)

    Price Realised  


    WILLIAM DANIELL, R.A. (1769-1837)
    3ISelect views of Windsor Castle: Windsor Castle from the north west.; The quadrangle, Windsor Castle.; Windsor Castle from Eton.; South east view of Windsor Castle.; Windsor Castle from near the Brocas Meadow.; Windsor Castle from the Brocas Meadow.; View from the Round Tower, Windsor Castle.; The Royal Lodge, Windsor Park.; The Long Walk, Windsor Park.; Glen in Windsor Park, near Bishopsgate.; Eton College.; Scene on the Virginia Water. [Abbey Scenery 355] The complete set of 12 aquatints in colours with extensive handcolouring, circa 1830, all titled and inscribed 'Drawn and Engraved by W. Daniell R.A.' in pencil, trimmed to the subject and laid onto stiff Whatman wove with grey wash framing lines (as issued), published by the artist, London, with wide margins, the colours fresh, some pale mount staining, otherwise generally in very good condition, in gilt wood frames
    P. 11 7/8 x 20½in. (30.2 x 52cm.) (average), S. 17 7/8 x 23in. (45.3 x 60.3cm.) (average)

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    This series of twelve colour aquatints are considered by many to be Daniell's greatest achievement as an artist and engraver. There are two sets in the Royal Library at Windsor Castle, and another at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Similar to the set sold here, the series at Windsor and the V&A were apparently issued without the usual imprint and publication line and inscribed in pencil so as to resemble watercolours.
    Despite the lack of imprint, it is possible to date the series with some certainty to between 1826 and 1830. One plate at Windsor bears an inscription 'To/His most excellent Majesty/the king/these select views of Windsor Castle/and the adjacent scenery/are, with gracious permission dedicated/by his Majesty's faithfull subject & servant/William Daniell, R.A./London, published by Mr W. Daniell/14 Russell Place, Fitzroy Square/and Moon, Boys & Graves, 6 Pall Mall.'
    We know that Daniell was not known to use the Russell Place address until at least 1826, and differences in the height of the Round Tower depicted in the plates (the building of the top storey of the tower was completed in 1830) would seem to suggest that the series was executed between 1826 and 1830 and published thereafter.

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    Fort Belvedere, Runnymede, Surrey, 1956-1976.
    Virginia Water Cottage, Windsor Great Park, Berkshire.