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Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

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

1762
Painting by F. Van der Mijn, ‘Mr Sandby’, exhibited Free Society of Artists, London, 1762 (55).

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

c.1780
Watercolour by William Hamilton, half length at table in a green coat. Christie’s, 24 March 1959, lot 2.

c.1790
Silhouette by James Lind, bust length (illus. A. P. Oppé, The Drawings of Paul and Thomas Sandby in the Collection of His Majesty the King at Windsor Castle, 1947, tailpiece). Lind, physician to the Royal Household, was a neighbour in Windsor from the late 1770s. Another silhouette by him of Sandby was sold Christie’s, 24 March 1959, lot 3.

1792
Painting by William Beechey, see NPG 1380.

1793
Drawing by George Dance, profile bust, dated 24 March 1793. Royal Academy. Engraved W. Daniell (A Collection of Portraits sketched from the Life since the Year 1973 by George Dance Esqr. R.A. and engraved in imitation of the Original Drawings by William Daniell, A.R.A., 1814, no.117); tracing by Daniell in the Yale Center for British Art (B1977.14.4187).

1795
Miniature by François Ferrière, ‘Mr Sandby’, exhibited RA 1795 (524). Possibly that sold Sotheby’s, 26 March 1979, lot 104.

Painting by Henry Singleton, President and Members of the Royal Academy. The figure of Thomas Sandby alone engraved anon. A portrait by Singleton, bust-length profile, was exhibited by William Sandby Second special exhibition of National Portraits (William and Mary to MDCCC), South Kensington, 1867 (516) when described as painted in 1793 and a study for Singleton's 1795 group; presumable also the portrait exhibited RA 1797 (222), cf. Richard Cosway and Johann Zoffany.

Several drawings by Paul Sandby have been said to include his brother Thomas, but they hardly signify as portraits (e.g. A. P. Oppé, The Drawings of Paul and Thomas Sandby in the Collection of His Majesty the King at Windsor Castle, 1947, nos.102, 253, 385; Christie’s, 26 May 1959, lot 113, of which a copy is in the Albertina, Vienna, and Sotheby’s, 1 April 1976, lot 175).

Doubtful Portraits
Painting by Gainsborough c.1746 in the Louvre (E. K. Waterhouse, Gainsborough, 1958, pl.17), which has been doubtfully called a self portrait, was engraved G. Sanders 1878 as Mr & Mrs Sandby, and exhibited as such RA 1877 (69) and Gainsborough, Grosvenor Gallery, 1885 (9).



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.