Paul Sandby / Bridgnorth, Shropshire / 1783Paul Sandby
Bridgnorth, Shropshire

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Creator Name: Sandby, Paul
Creator Nationality: European; British
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1731 - 1809
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Paul Sandby
Title: Bridgnorth, Shropshire
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1783
Creation End Date: 1783
Creation Date: 1783
Object Type: Drawings and Watercolors
Materials and Techniques: Watercolor over graphite
Dimensions: Sheet: 35.5cm x 51.7cm, Secondary Support: 43cm x 57.2cm
Inscriptions: signed, lower right, in watercolor: P. Sandby 1783 ; SECONDARY SUPPORT, lower center, in graphite: Bridg[e?]north, Shropshire ; VERSO: upper right, in blue ballpoint pen: Bridgenorth. / Sandby 1783 [the 7 written over an 8] ; upper right, in graphite: Shropshire
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1997.69
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. J. King Rosendale in honor of Beatrice R. Grubb
Context: The medium of watercolor has a richer tradition in England than almost any other country, and its rise in importance was closely connected to the development of landscape painting. Paul Sandy was among the first British artists to produce a substantial body of landscape watercolors. Early in his career, Sandy worked as a mapmaker, surveying the Highlands in Scotland while working for the government. His mature work combines topographical accuracy with picturesqe compositions and carefully observed figure groups.This watercolor shows a gated medieval bridge across the River Severa near the town of Bridgenorth, in western England, near Wales. Sandy depicted the subject several times in both watercolors and prints. Here, the rustic merrymakers dancing to a fiddler's music add a social dimension to the scene.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1997.69
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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