Cynthia Barlow Marrs SGFA

Portfolio: • Windsor on My Wall

My Windsor watercolours in The Guardian

My Windsor watercolours are featured in The Illustrated City, a weekly series in The Guardian online with contributions from artists around the world, each offering a personal view of their home town. The illustrations in my Windsor story are the first ten watercolours in this Windsor on My Wall portfolio. https://tiny.cc/PompCircumstance

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Watercolour on Paper

Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee Statue at Windsor Castle

May 24th 2019 is the 200th birthday of Queen Victoria.

In 2018 for the first time I took a close look at the bronze statue of Queen Victoria outside Windsor Castle. Victoria stands on a granite plinth 13 feet high at the intersection of the High Street and Castle Hill. Traffic parts round her, and visitors look both ways before they cross over to pose for photos.

The sculpture was unveiled in 1887 to celebrate Victoria’s 50th year on the throne, her Golden Jubilee. Wider celebrations across Britain and abroad were also about empire and global supremacy.

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Watercolour on panel
18cm x 13cm
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Orb, sceptre and lace - a study

The bronze queen holds traditional symbols of British Royal power. The orb represents godly power, and the sceptre is a symbol of earthly authority. But when I looked more closely I noticed Victoria also wears lace — delicate, feminine, fragile, fashioned by female hands.

Victoria’s lace outlasted the British empire, but British ceremonial traditions continue.

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Changing of the Guard

Depending on the weather and time of year, the changing of the guard at Windsor Castle takes place roughly every other day. If you time it right, you can watch from the kerb or one of the cafés that line the High Street.

Those guards in the scarlet tunics and bearskin caps are highly trained infantry soldiers who not only serve on the battlefield, but also perform ceremonial duties at Royal residences like Windsor Castle.

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Watercolour on Paper

Crowd Patrol with Mounted Police

In 2005 the Guildhall was the venue for the marriage ceremony of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles. I mingled with the crowd in the High Street outside Windsor Castle, and had my first close view of the mounted police at work. I have been a fan ever since.

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Watercolour on Paper
22cm x 13.5cm

Triple Portrait with Police

One of the best modern traditions in Britain, in my view, is policing by consent. Public ceremonial life in Windsor would not be possible without it.

These officers from Thames Valley Police were among thousands of police on Royal wedding duty in Windsor in 2018.

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The Day Before They Said I Do

The day before Harry’s and Meghan’s wedding, Windsor was festooned with Union flags and bunting, and the streets near the castle heaved with television crews, souvenir sellers, tourists and police.

It was people-watching heaven, but the numbers were daunting: our town of just 30,000 souls was about to welcome 100,000 ‘wedding guests’ in a single day.

In the end, even the most cynical would have been enthralled by the theatre of the event. Everything came together on the day: the weather was perfect, the crowds radiated goodwill, and Windsor had never looked so good.

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Watercolour on Paper
15cm x 20.5cm

Posing with Harry and Meghan

The world came to Windsor on the day of Royal Wedding in May 2018. Union flags and bunting were everywhere, and the celebratory atmosphere was irresistible. One hundred thousand visitors streamed into our town waving flags and wearing crowns, and wherever they found life sized cut-outs of Harry and Meghan they stopped to pose for photos.

Presented with an acid-free white mount in a white readymade frame that can stand on a table or hang on a wall.

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Watercolour on Paper
16cm x 16cm

£80.00

Three-way Selfie with Paper Crown

Festooned with flags and bunting, Windsor was a picture the day of the Royal Wedding in May 2018. One hundred thousand visitors flowed in and out of my town wearing red, white and blue and radiating goodwill. This series of watercolours is dedicated to the joy of celebration. Presented with an acid-free white mount in a white readymade frame that can stand on a table or hang on a wall.

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Watercolour on Paper
16cm x 16cm

£80.00

Flag Seller with Hat and Shoes

On the day of the Royal Wedding in May 2018 my town turned red, white and blue. This series of watercolours is dedicated to the infectious joy of celebration we were caught up in on the day.
Presented with an acid-free white mount in a white readymade frame that can stand on a table or hang on a wall.

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Watercolour on Paper
16cm x 16cm

£80.00

Two Crowns

On the day of the Royal Wedding in May 2018, visitors streamed down Peascod Street and St Leonard's Road on their way to the Long Walk behind Windsor Castle. The festive atmosphere was irresistible.

Little scenes stick in my mind: people queueing to pose with life-sized cut outs of Harry and Meghan; friends sending selfies back home; entrepreneurial souvenir sellers everywhere; and round the corner from my house, another likeness of Queen Victoria on a pub sign, gazing down on it all.


Presented with an acid-free white mount in a white readymade frame that can stand on a table or hang on a wall.

Original
Watercolour on Paper
16cm x 16cm

£80.00

Union Flags and Stars

Celebrating the Royal Wedding in May 2018.
Presented in an acid-free white mount and a readymade matte white frame that can stand on a table or hang on a wall.

Watercolour on Paper
16cm x 16cm

£80.00

The Salisbury Tower with Bunting

A bit of Windsor Castle on the day of the Royal Wedding in May 2018.

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Watercolour on Paper
11cm x 11cm
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