Paul Sandby

Dumbarton Castle

c. 1779-1780
Often called the "Father of English Watercolour", Sandby made both on-the-spot topographical views such as those in Hyde Park, or more finished exhibition works in gouache (opaque watercolour) like the present example, which were meant to rival oil paintings in scale and effect. Using sketches that he had made almost thirty years earlier while posted in Scotland, Sandby here composes a grand formal view, with framing trees and enlivening figures in the classical landscape tradition of Claude Lorrain and Richard Wilson.
Artist
Title
Dumbarton Castle
Date
c. 1779-1780
Medium
Drawing
Materials
gouache over graphite with black chalk accents on unidentifiable paper, laid down on wood
Dimensions
47.1 x 62.3 cm
Nationality
British
Credit line
Purchased 1976
Accession number
18728