The Royal Foundry, Woolwich

Description

This unfinished drawing of the Royal Foundry at Woolwich is attributed to Paul Sandby, who was a drawing master at its neighbour, the Royal Military Academy from 1768-1799. Drawing was introduced and became an important part of the training of the pupils at the Academy from the 1740s.

Paul Sandby was one of the leading watercolourists of the eighteenth century and is considered today as a pivotal figure within the development of the genre. This unfinished piece gives a good insight into his working methods. The delicate, pencil sketch is gradually in-filled with colour and detail with the darker, shaded areas being applied first before colour and definition are added over the top. The British Library holds a large number of drawings and archival material relating to Paul and his brother Thomas Sandby, including recently attributed views.

Full title:
The Royal Foundry, Woolwich
Created:
1768-96
Format:
Watercolour / View
Creator:
Sandby Paul
Copyright:
© British Library
Usage terms
Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial licence
Held by
British Library
Shelfmark:
Add. MS 32375, ff.105v-106

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