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unknown artist seventeenth century
perhaps Jan Griffier the Elder, ca. 1645–1718
after Jan Vorsterman, ca. 1643–after 1685

Windsor Castle from the South

after 1681
Oil on canvas
20 1/4 x 31 5/8 inches (51.4 x 80.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
architectural subject | castle | costume | dogs (animals) | flag | fortress | hawkers | hills | houses | landscape | livestock | men | monarchy | palace | pilgrim
Associated Places:
England | United Kingdom | Windsor | Windsor and Maidenhead | Windsor Castle
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

King Charles II spent a fortune remodeling the ancient castle at Windsor to designs by the architect Hugh May. This depiction of Windsor derives from one of a pair of views painted for the king in the late 1670s or early 1680s by the Dutch émigré Jan Vorsterman. The same view of Windsor appears in another painting that is still in the Royal Collection, signed by Jan Griffier the Elder, but with a markedly different landscape. This picture is quite probably a replica of that landscape by Griffier himself. In this version we are gazing north in late afternoon light as the sun begins to set. In the foreground, two hawkers approach a stream with their dogs; a woman lifts her skirt as she crosses to meet them. Beyond is a pasture with livestock and another figure, possibly a milkmaid. On the far left, a lone pilgrim hikes up the lane, followed by his dog.

Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2016

Malcolm Cormack, Concise Catalogue of Paintings in the Yale Center for British Art, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1985, pp. 30-31, N590.2 A83 (YCBA) [YCBA]

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