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Thomas Sandby (1721-1798), Draughtsman and architect; brother of Paul Sandby

Sitter in 8 portraits
Sandby was a self-taught draftsman who, with his brother Paul took up positions in the military drawing department at the Tower of London. Thomas was sent first to the Battle of Dettingen and then to Culloden as draughtsman to the Duke of Cumberland. In 1747, under the Duke, he was appointed Deputy Ranger of Windsor Great Park to which he devoted considerable energy in improvements. He was also involved in the London art world and with his brother he was one of the founder members of the Royal Academy in 1768. He was elected their first professor of architecture and later architect of the King's works. In reality, he built few buildings and was more respected for his architectural theory.

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The Academicians of the Royal Academy

by John Sanders, after Johann Joseph Zoffany
watercolour and ink, (1772)
NPG 1437


Key to 'The Academicians of the Royal Academy'

by John Sanders, after Johann Joseph Zoffany
pencil, circa 1773
NPG 1437a


Thomas Sandby

by Sir William Beechey
oil on canvas, 1792
NPG 1380


The Academicians of the Royal Academy

by Richard Earlom, after Johann Joseph Zoffany
mezzotint, published 1773
NPG D21304


Thomas Sandby

by William Daniell, after George Dance
soft-ground etching, (24 March 1793)
NPG D12100


Royal Academicians

by Charles Bestland, after Henry Singleton
stipple engraving, published 1802 (1795)
NPG D10716


Key to Royal Academicians

by Charles Bestland, after Henry Singleton
stipple engraving, published 1802 (1795)
NPG D36021


Thomas Sandby; Elizabeth Sandby (née Venables)

by George Sanders, published by Henry Graves & Co, after Thomas Gainsborough
mezzotint, published 1878
NPG D4154


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