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Castle and stream; the ruins of a castle on high bank of a stream which flows over a low waterfall into the foreground, rocks and trees right and l, in the foreground a woman and child sitting on a rock
Watercolour, with pen and grey and brown ink
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Height: 242 millimetres
Width: 299 millimetres
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- Laid down on a hand drawn mount.
Views of historic British architectural remains were a particular interest for Paul Sandby from an early stage of his career as military draughtsman. Sandby's depictions of castles and abbey ruins, attracted a number of leading antiqurians, and were highly valued at a time when there was an increasing interest in preserving Britain's architectural heritage.
The following text is taken from J.Bonehill and S.Daniels (ed), 'Paul Sandby: Picturing Britain', (London: Royal Academy of Arts), 2009. 'Ruins and other antiquities were vehicles for hsitorical reflection on the stages of national social progress, and emblematic of the country's uninterrupted connection with its past. Their depiction in Sandby's art can be seen as part of a broader,ongoing concern with the representation of Britain and Britishness through its historical sites, contemporay architecture and topographies that was also apparent in the enormously influential tours of figures like William Gilpin or the publications of the popularising antiquarian Francis Grose.' (See pp.155 and pp.154-155 for further information regarding Sandby and antiquities.)
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