The school is here shown from the east; it is viewed from across the river Thames. The general position of the chapel appears as it would be seen from this direction, but many of the other details of the buildings are invented.

The painting is dated on grounds of style. Canaletto was staying nearby at Windsor in 1747, but this seems to be a later work.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1697 - 1768
Full title
Eton College
Date made
about 1754
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
61.6 x 107.7 cm
Acquisition credit
Wynn Ellis Bequest, 1876
Inventory number
NG942
Location in Gallery