Artist: Paul Sandby

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Founder member of the Royal Academy


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The Art of Paul Sandby, Bruce Robertson, (exhibition catalogue), Newhaven: Yale Centre for British Art, 1985. Virtuosi’s Museum, Paul Sandby, G Kearsley, 1778-1781. To See Oursels…: visitors to Dumfries and Galloway from medieval to modern times, A E MacRobert, Dumfries and Galloway Libraries, Information and Archives, Dumfries, 2001. Lord Hopetoun’s Mines at Leadhills:illustrated by David Allan and Paul Sandby, V A J Prevost, Transactions of the Dumfriesshire and Galloway Natural History and Antiquarian Society, Third Series, Vol. 53


Joined the London Board of Ordnance and for five years from 1747 served as draughtsman to the military survey in Scotland. In 1768 he was appointed chief drawing master at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, where he stayed till his retirement in 1797. A founder member of the Royal Academy, 1768. The most renowned topographical painter of the 18th century, he is credited with popularising the sites and scenes of the Highlands of Scotland. John Clerk of Eldin summered in Moffat and it was through him that Sandby was invited in spring 1751 to sketch the estate of the Duke of Queensberry at Drumlanrig. Painted many views of Drumlanrig. Reference to his portrait of Clerk of Eldin (SNPG file). Sandby’s Panorama of Nithsdale with Drumlanrig is at the British Library Map Library, K. Top. XLIX.54.ic. His Drumlanrig Castle illustrated in McRobert p38 (see bibliography). Painted Lord Hopetoun’s leadmine and also the Ennoch Wack (sic) Mill near Drumlanrig, National Gallery of Scotland, D136. His Virtuosi’s Museum (see bibliography) is an important early collection of 108 engravings made after his drawings of country houses and other places of interest. "Almost the archetype of British view painters" Maurice Grant. Reputation rests on his work in watercolour.