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Ball, Johnson Paul and Thomas Sandby: Royal Academicians: An Anglo-Danish Saga Of Art, Love And War In Georgian England , London: Charles Skilton, 1985.

First Edition. Cloth. New/Very Good. 4to - over 9" - 12" tall 0284986763 Paul Sandby (1731 (baptised) - 9 November 1809) was an English map-maker turned landscape painter in watercolours, who, along with his older brother Thomas, became one of the founding members of the Royal Academy in 1768. Born in Nottingham, Sandby joined the topographical drawing room of the Board of Ordnance at the Tower of London in the early 1740s and in 1746 was tasked with mapping the remote Scottish Highlands. While undertaking this exacting commission, he began producing watercolour landscapes and news of his talent soon spread. In 1752, he took up a post with his brother producing landscapes of the royal estates at Windsor, and also began producing aquatint engravings, having been commissioned by Sir Joseph Banks to produce 48 plates depicting Welsh scenery. He also drew some caricatures ridiculing William Hogarth. In 1768, he was appointed chief drawing master to the Royal Military Academy at Woolwich, a position he retained until 1799. He died in London ten years later and was described in his obituaries as 'the father of modern landscape painting in watercolours'. Thomas Sandby (1721 - 25 June 1798) was an English cartographer who later became an architect and teacher and was the Royal Academy's first professor of architecture. Born in Nottingham, the sons of a textile worker, both the Sandby brothers joined the topographical drawing room of the Board of Ordnance at the Tower of London in the early 1740s. Thomas Sandby served at the Battle of Dettingen and the Battle of Culloden as draughtsman to Prince William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland. In 1747, the Duke arranged for him to be appointed Deputy Ranger of Windsor Great Park, where he began altering the park and laying out the artificial lake, bridge and grounds at Virginia Water. In 1759, he designed substantial extensions to the Park's Cumberland Lodge; related works include nearby Forest Lodge. As well as being elected the Academy's first professor of architecture, Sandby was also appointed 'Architect of the King's works', and became a noted teacher of architectural theory. Perhaps Sandby's most notable architectural commission was the design of the Freemason's Hall at Great Queen Street in central London, linking two houses purchased by the United Grand Lodge of England in 1775. Sandby won a competition to design a Grand Hall, which was additionally used for many social events (the Hall was extended in the 1820s by Sir John Soane, but was demolished in 1930 after suffering irreparable structural damage in a fire in 1883). (Book ref. 032062 )  £ 45.00

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