Paul Sandby

Painter, draughman and drawing master (1731-1809)

Paul Sandby was the son of a textile artist and the younger brother of artist Thomas Sandby (1721 - 1798). He recieved early training from his brother and was appointed official draughtsman to the Military Survey in Scotland in 1747. He developed maps of the Highlands and in his spare time he produced watercolour and pen-and-wash landscape and figure studies.

Around 1752 Sandby was in London and had begun giving lessons to amateurs, a practice he was to continue for the rest of his career. During the 1760s he produced many watercolour and gouache views of Windsor Castle and the surroundings, where his brother was employed as draughtsman to the Ranger of the Great Park.

He was a founding member of the Royal Academy in 1768, exhibiting there annually until his death. During the same year he was appointed drawing master to the Royal Military Academy at Woolwich. He also helped popularise aquatint, his 'Twelve Views in South Wales' (1775) being amongst the first in this medium made in Britain.
  • Gender
  • Relationship
    Artist/maker, Previous owner
  • Nationality
    British: English
  • Born
    1731-01-12 baptism
  • Place of birth
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: Nottinghamshire: Nottingham
  • Died
  • Place of death
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: London
  • Cause of death
    Unknown or unrecorded
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