Paul Sandby

Scene of the Encampments in Hyde Park during the Gordon Riots

1780
As a drawing master at the Royal Military Academy at Woolwich, Sandby taught many soldiers who were later posted to Canada. These military artists made topographical views that recorded the early face of our country in an amateur version of their teacher's watercolour style. Sandby's Hyde Park sketches, with their fresh response to nature and the charm and grace of their lively figures, look forward to the more overt caricatures of Thomas Rowlandson, one of his true heirs in the English watercolour tradition.
Artist
Title
Scene of the Encampments in Hyde Park during the Gordon Riots
Date
1780
Medium
Drawing
Materials
pen and grey ink and watercolour over graphite on laid paper, laid down on heavy laid paper
Dimensions
17.3 x 27.1 cm
Nationality
British
Credit line
Purchased 1952
Accession number
6053