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Windsor Castle, 1825 f1

Windsor Castle, 1825 f1

Artist: Scharf, George Senior

Medium: Pencil on paper

Date: 1825

Shelfmark: Additional MS 36489A

Item number: f1

Length: 14

Width: 23

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

View of the Round Tower, or Keep, at Windsor Castle. Built by Henry II, the Round Tower occupies the highest point of the hill overlooking the Thames upon which the castle is built.

William the Conqueror founded Windsor Castle over 900 years ago. The castle's elevated position over the River Thames was an obvious strategic advantage, and there were also several hunting-grounds close by. This site was favoured over others due to its proximity to London. It was only one day's march to the Tower of London, where the princes Edward and Richard were imprisoned by their uncle, Richard, Duke of Gloucester, in 1483. Elizabeth Woodeville, mother of the princes, lived at the castle and a picture gallery found here is named in her honour.

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