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View from Somerset House Garden, looking towards Westminster Bridge; Westminster Abbey in distance in centre. 1786
Watercolour, pen, indian ink wash over pencil
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Height: 205 millimetres
Width: 348 millimetres (trimmed)
- Curator's comments
- See 'Paul Sandby: Picturing Britain', John Bonehill and Stephen Daniels eds. (exh. cat. 2009-2010) no.s 53 and 54 for two other similar drawings and a discussion of the views taken by the Sandby's at Somerset House.
According to Bonehill and Stephens, the location of Somerset House presented views of the city of Westminster and the city of London, and so was a popular location amongst artists and urban tourists. Unlike those in the Sandby catalogue (no.53 and 54), this drawing does not depict any members of polite society admiring the view, but as it is unfinished perhaps this would have been a later addition to the drawing. See Edward Rooker and John Sebastian Mueller, who produced perhaps the best-known views of the river Thames from Somerset House, works that certainly would have been influential to Sandby.
'In their record of a thirving citscape, dominated by architectural landmarks ancient and modern, the Sandby's views along the Thames can be seen to accord entirely with such a grand, imperial conception of London.' (J.Bonehill & S.Daniels, 'Paul Sandby: Picturing Britain', (London,2009) p.151.
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- Part of a Crace series.
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