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Paul Sandby (1731-1809)

Thomas and Elizabeth Sandby c. 1760 - c. 1770

Pencil and watercolour | 22.5 x 16.2 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 917875

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  • A pencil and watercolour drawing of two figures in a landscape. The man, wearing blue coat and black tricorne hat, is gesturing to the left with one arm. The woman wears a black apron over a white dress and straw hat. HR watermark.

    The figures have been identified as Thomas Sandby, brother of Paul, and his wife Elizabeth Venables. This identification is based on the similarity of the gesturing gentleman to that in a drawing in the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven (B1981.25.2696), inscribed as the artist's brother, with a counterproof in the Royal Collection (RCIN 913549). The figure of the woman is also similar to the governess who appears with a group of the 'Ladies Waldegrave' in a drawing in the V&A (D.1835-1904, a drawing of the girls only is RCIN 914390), and two other drawings of the North Terrace of Windsor Castle (collection of The Duke of Buccleuch and Queensbury at Drumlanrig, and collection of Mr C. R. N. Routh). Both figures appear among the groups of figures on the terrace of Old Somerset House in RCIN 914698. The extensive reuse shows how Paul recycled figures from his stock to populate his own and his brother's drawings, using his figure studies as a kind of pattern-book.


    William Sandby; Christie's 26 May 1969, lot 113

  • Medium and techniques

    Pencil and watercolour


    22.5 x 16.2 cm (sheet of paper)

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