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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.