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Windsor Castle from the Lower Court on the Fifth of November—Fireworks

A work made of aquatint, with etching, in brown on ivory laid paper.
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  • A work made of aquatint, with etching, in brown on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1776

Artist:

Paul Sandby
English, 1731-1809

About this artwork

While Paul Sandby produced many views of Windsor Castle in various media throughout his career, this scene of the celebration of Guy Fawkes Night is particularly notable for its concentration on the townspeople and their festivities, elements that usually appear as minor details in his works. Guy Fawkes Night, also called Bonfire Night, is a celebration of the Gunpowder Plot of November 5, 1605, in which Catholic conspirators allegedly attempted to blow up the Houses of Parliament in London. The red tone of the ink gives the bonfire scene additional warmth while emphasizing the white plumes of smoke trailing from the fireworks.

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Artist

Paul Sandby

Title

Windsor Castle from the Lower Court on the Fifth of November—Fireworks

Origin

England

Date

1776

Medium

Aquatint, with etching, in brown on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

296 × 464 mm (image); 314 × 474 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Gift of Dorothy Braude Edinburg to the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection

Reference Number

2013.750

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