Conway Castle

Paul Sandby,

WAG 2249

About this object

In contrast to 'Old Windsor', also in the Walker's collection (WAG 988), this view is a more sophisticated composition using a tree and sloping hillsides to lead the eye into the scene. Similar devices were used by the 17th century landscape painter Claude Lorrain (?1604/05 – 1682).

Among the figures on the slope there is a seated artist making a sketch, perhaps Sandby himself.

Sandby was first in Wales between 1769 and 1770, but this watercolour was probably made at a considerably later date. A similar work in the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, is dated 1802.

Object specifics

  • Other title(s)
    Conway Castle, North Wales
  • Artist(s)
    Paul Sandby (British: English, born:baptized 12 January 1731, died:7 November 1809)
  • Date
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Materials
    Gouache; Watercolour; Paper
  • Measurements
    image: 42.4 cm x 53.5 cms.
  • Physical description
    A distant view of Conway Castle from Gyffin with the estuary and Denbighshire coast beyond. In the foreground to the left people and horses are gathered beneath a tall tree.
  • Related people
    Paul Sandby (Artist/maker, previous owner); W A Sandby (Associated Person, previous owner)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 2249
  • Credit line
    Bequeathed to the Walker Art Gallery by W A Sandby in 1904
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections

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Publications

  • An Exhibition of British Watercolours and Drawings 1730-1870 - Catalogue 89

    Gregory, Martyn

    Author: Gregory, Martyn
    Publisher: Deckers Snoeck
    Date: 2012
    Description:

  • British Watercolours and Drawings: Lord Leverhulme's Collection in the Lady Lever Art Gallery

    Jessica Feather

    Author: Jessica Feather
    Publisher: Liverpool University Press & National Museums Liverpool
    Date: 2010
    Description: Lord Leverhulme's Collection catalogue of Watercolours and Drawings in the Lady Lever Art Gallery

  • Early English Drawings and Watercolours in the Walker Art Gallery

    Edward Morris & Timothy Stevens

    Author: Edward Morris & Timothy Stevens
    Publisher: Liverpool Letterpress Limited, Member of the Steel House Press
    Date: 1968
    Description: Catalogue of Early English Drawings and Watercolours in the Walker Art Gallery collection

  • Watercolour

    Alison Smith - Editor

    Author: Alison Smith - Editor
    Publisher: Tate Publishing
    Date: 2011
    Description:

  • Watercolours and Drawings: 18th and 19th Centuries

    Lowell Libson Ltd

    Author: Lowell Libson Ltd
    Publisher: Clifford Press
    Date: 2003
    Description:

Ownership

Previous owners

  • W A Sandby

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1904
    Disposal method: Bequeathed to the Walker Art Gallery
  • Paul Sandby

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1817-04-17
    Disposal method: Sold at Christie's on 17 April 1817, Lot 50 or 52

Inscriptions

Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: .........N, Wales / .........dby R.A. (body colour) / I have the original sketch, same size
    Inscription method:
    Inscription note: fragment of M.S. Label
    Inscription location:
Object view = Fine Art
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