The Gallery holds the most extensive collection of portraits in the world. Search over 215,000 works, 150,000 of which are illustrated from the 16th Century to the present day.

Advanced Collection search

Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

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

Architect, b. Nottingham, older brother of Paul Sandby; left Nottingham for London 1742, joining the Board of Ordnance, for whom he worked in Scotland 1745 attracting the patronage of the Duke of Cumberland; appointed deputy Ranger, Windsor Great Park 1746; architect of the King’s Works 1777; foundation member of the RA 1768 and first Professor of Architecture; ‘universally esteemed [and] of the gentlest and best of human beings’ (Gentleman's Magazine, 1798).

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.