Oil painting on canvas, Windsor Castle from Clewer Meadows, by Joseph Paul Pettit (Birmingham 1812 – Balsall Heath 1882), dated 1849. A wooded landscape with the River Thames and Windsor castle in the background, and cattle in the foreground. This somewhat dramatised view of Windsor was one of Lord Armstrong’s early purchases, bought for 300 guineas around 1870, when it was attributed to Thomas Sidney Cooper, the celebrated painter of landscapes with cattle.
Purchased by William George Armstrong, 1st Baron Armstrong of Cragside (1810-1900) at Christies for 300 guineas in 1869 or 1870, when it was attributed to Cooper; thence by descent; transferred by the Treasury to The National Trust in 1977 via the National Land Fund, aided by 3rd Baron Armstrong of Bamburgh and Cragside (1919 - 1987).
Cragside, The Armstrong Collection (acquired through the National Land Fund and transferred to the National Trust in 1977)
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Joseph Paul Pettit (Birmingham 1812 – Balsall Heath 1882), artist
Abraham Cooper (London 1787 – Greenwich 1868), artist