Paul Sandby

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Paul Sandby
1731-1809
The Old English Bridge at Shrewsbury under Reconstruction
1770
Pen and black ink and watercolor over graphite on paper.
13 1/4 x 26 inches (337 x 660 mm)
Purchased on the Sunny Crawford von Bülow Fund 1978.
2002.67
Inscription: 

Inscribed in pen and black ink at lower right, "the old Bridge at Shrewsbury ..."

Provenance: 
Christie's, London, 15 June 1982, lot 121 (wrongly described as the "Welsh" bridge); private collection; Thomas Agnew and Sons, Ltd., London.
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Through his work as a teacher and as the only watercolorist elected a founding member of the Royal Academy, Sandby played an important role in raising the watercolor medium to a status on a par with oil painting. The so-called English and Welsh bridges at Shrewsbury were among Sandby's favorite subjects, and he made at least thirteen drawings in watercolor of the two bridges.

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