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Paul Sandby (1725-1809), Watercolour painter and engraver and a founder of the Royal Academy of Arts

Sitter in 14 portraits
Artist associated with 4 portraits
Paul Sandby was a landscape painter and printmaker who worked principally in watercolour. He became one of the great pioneers of natural English landscape painting, but started out as a military surveyor producing an early survey of Scotland between 1747-1752. After settling in London, he worked as a drawing master to the aristocracy and developed his patronage and reputation through his network of amateur clients. Sandby was a founding member of the Royal Academy which was established in 1768, and subsequently became the first artist to employ aquatint in his picturesque views.

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Dominic Serres

by Paul Sandby
wash and pencil, 1792
NPG 650a


King William IV

by Francesco Bartolozzi, and by Paul Sandby, published by Antonio Poggi, after Benjamin West
line and stipple engraving and aquatint, published 15 January 1782
NPG D33545


Gaetano Apoline Balthazar Vestris

after Paul Sandby
etching and aquatint, (circa 1775-1800)
NPG D14465