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Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

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

1761
Painting by Francis Cotes, three-quarter length drawing by an open window; dated. Tate Gallery (N 1943; E. M. Johnson, Francis Cotes, 1976, no.95), transferred from NPG 1919. Exhibited Society of Artists, London, 1761 (21). Engraved E. Fisher 1763. A weak wash drawing copy dated 1804 in the NPG reference collection (D18). Cotes exhibited a pendant of Sandby’s wife, Anne, Society of Artists, London, 1760 (13), sold Sotheby’s, 9 April 1997, lot 33.

1767
Drawing by R. Pollard, half-length profile wearing cocked hat; engraved 1780 (W. Sandby, Thomas and Paul Sandby, 1892, p 193).

Drawing by P-E. Falconet, bust-length tondo. Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (553; D. B. Brown, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, Catalogue of the Collection of Drawings, IV, The Earlier British Drawings, 1982, p 273, pl.XXIII). A similar drawing by Falconet, dated 1768, in the British Museum (1868.8.8.1967), appears to be that engraved D. P. Pariset 1769.

c.1770?
Drawing by William Parry, whole-length seated sketching beneath a parasol. Royal Collection (A. P. Oppé, English Drawings, Stuart and Georgian periods, in the Collection of His Majesty the King at Windsor Castle, 1950, no.473; H. B. Carter, Sir Joseph Banks, 1988, p 122).

1772
Painting by Johann Zoffany, The Academicians of the Royal Academy, see NPG 1437.

1787
Miniature by Philip Jean, half-length oval. Private collection (illus. Burlington Magazine, CVII, 1965, p 538). Engraved J. Thomson 1796 (European Mag.). Presumably the miniature of ‘Mr Sandby' exhibited RA 1788 (315). See Serres NPG 1909.

c.1789
Two paintings by William Beechey, see NPG 1379.

c.1790
Wash drawing by Paul Sandby, bust length. Christie’s, 24 March 1959, lot 128 (illus. Country Life, CXXV, 1959, p 822; Connoisseur, CXLIII, 1959, p 265).

1792
Wax by G. Leader, exhibited RA 1792 (779).

1794
Drawing by George Dance, profile bust, dated 21 December 1794. Royal Academy. Engraved W. Daniell 1809.

1795
Painting by Henry Singleton, President and Members of the Royal Academy.

1800
Engraving by J. Owen, outline profile head (Public Characters of 1800-01).

1804
Drawing by Richard Cosway, half length, head on left hand. Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery (1945-175). Presented by Cosway to Sandby’s son in the hope he would find it a ‘tolerable resemblance of that good man and accomplished artist’ (W. Sandby, Thomas and Paul Sandby, 1892, p 194). Version by Mrs Barber sold Sotheby’s, 26 March 1979, lot 103.

1882
Bust by Onslow Ford, derived from NPG 1379. Royal Institute of Painters in Water-Colours, Piccadilly (façade).



This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Ingamells, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, National Portrait Gallery, 2004, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.