Fort Augustus


Despite its preciseness, the fine delineation of the encampment and settlement in this view of Fort Augustus suggest a commemorative, rather than documentary, function. The group of soldiers, their two chained Jacobite prisoners and the pleading woman holding a baby in the foreground have been attributed to Paul Sandby. Loch Ness appears framed by rolling mountains in the background.

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Fort Augustus
about 1746
Pen and ink / Watercolour
Thomas Sandby
© Royal Collection Trust
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RCIN 914725

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