Beech Grove near the Equestrian Statue of George the Third, based on a sketch made by​ Sandhurst Military Academy drawing-master W. Alfred Delamotte​ for the third instalment of Windsor Castle. An Historical Romance for September 1842 in Ainsworth's Magazine, which Ainsworth had founded after he had quarrelled with the publisher and left his editorial post at Bentley's Miscellany. "Book the First: Anne Boleyn," Chapter V, "Of the Ghostly Chase beheld by the Earl of Surrey and the Duke of Richmond in Windsor Forest," top of p. 45:​ height 8.1 cm width 10.2 cm, framed. Again, the reference to a later artefact, the equestrian statue of King George III, gives the reader a sort of binocular vision, as the illustration references both supposed and actual events in 1529 and the appearance of Windsor Park in the summer of 1842. [Click on the image to enlarge it.]

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"No," replied the earl. "I am persuaded we shall see the mysterious​ huntsman again. You can return, if you think proper. I will go on."

"Nay, I will not leave you," rejoined Richmond.

And they set off again at the same quick pace as before. Mounting a hill​ ​ covered with noble beeches and elms, a magnificent view of the castle​burst upon them, towering over the groves they had tracked, and looking​almost like the work of enchantment. Charmed with the view, the young​men continued to contemplate it for some time. They then struck off on​the right, and ascended still higher, until they came to a beautiful grove of beeches cresting the hill where the equestrian statue of George the Third is now placed. Skirting this grove, they disturbed a herd of deer, which started up, and darted into the valley below.​ [Chapter​ V. "Of the Ghostly Chase beheld by the Earl of Surrey and the Duke of Richmond in Windsor Forest," page 45]


Ainsworth, William Harrison. Windsor Castle. An Historical Romance. Illustrated by George Cruikshank and Tony Johannot. With designs on wood by W. Alfred Delamotte. London: Routledge, 1880. Based on the Henry Colburn edition of 1844.

Patten, Robert L. Chapter 30, "The 'Hoc' Goes Down." George Cruikshank's Life, Times, and Art, vol. 2: 1835-1878. Rutgers, NJ: Rutgers U. P., 1991; London: The Lutterworth Press, 1996. Pp. 153-186.

Worth, George J. William Harrison Ainsworth. New York: Twayne, 1972.

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