View of the market place of the town of Nottingham


This previously unattributed drawing of Nottingham market place from the west has now been firmly credited to Thomas Sandby (bap. 1723–1798). The panoramic prospect of Nottingham was made using a camera obscura, and sets out, in precise detail, the architecture of market place and surrounding buildings.

The view is related to two views of the same subject in the Nottingham City Museum and Gallery. One view depicts the market square from the opposite direction while the other is a highly detailed version of this sketched panorama.

Full title:
View of the Market Place of the Town of Nottingham
about 1740-50
Pen and ink / Wash / View
Thomas Sandby
Usage terms
Public Domain
Held by
British Library
Maps K.Top.33.33.f.

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