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Lot 53 - PAUL SANDBY, R.A. (1725-1809) The Old Welsh Bridge, Shrewsbury watercolour, gouache and body-

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PAUL SANDBY, R.A. (1725-1809)

The Old Welsh Bridge, Shrewsbury

watercolour, gouache and body-colour, on paper laid on canvas

26 x 37 3/4 in (66.1 x 95.8cm)

Provenance:

The Rev. Thomas O`Grady, Ashbourne, Derbyshire

D.A. Auton- Hall, Esq., Church Stretton

Dick Stephens, Esq., Ludlow

The Old Welsh Bridge at Shrewsbury was a favourite subject for Paul Sandby. It inspired him to paint a number of fine works. At least twelve views of the bridge from differing angles are known , they include a view titled `The Old Welsh Bridge, Shrewsbury` in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Luke Hermann states `that work and other equally impressive ones from the same period, illustrate Paul Sandby`s determination to remain among the innovators in British Landscape Art at the close of the eighteenth century.`

The picturesque bridge was painted by many artists of the time including J.M.W. Turner in 1794, and Richard Wilson, R.A. Sandby was painting it from the time of his first visits to Wales in the early 1770`s. cf .for instance Sandby`s view of the Welsh Bridge (Yale Centre for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection )

Sited on the main coaching route into North Wales,the Old Welsh Bridge at Shrewsbury was a well known topographical feature of the town There had been a recorded bridge on the site from at least 1155. As a border town ,defending Shrewsbury was an important feature in the design of the bridge, which included a gatehouse to bolster defence against attacks from the Welsh.

In the foreground of the painting, men are loading a trow and barges, whilst closer to the arches of the bridge,a rowing boat is being rowed ,with passengers seated beneath a canopy in the stern, an ensign fluttering behind them. Various figures in the foreground include a mounted dragoon on horseback casting a glance at a country girl,, and mounted soldiers on the bridge pass a wagon.

Paul Sandby is certainly known to have exhibited at least three views of the Old Welsh Bridge at Shrewsbury; at the British Institution in 1809 (no.90), and two views at The Royal Academy in 1801 (nos 622 and 629)

The example at Shrewsbury Museum , ( formerly owned by Sandby`s friend, the royal portraitist Sir William Beechey.) depicts a view towards the Old Welsh Bridge from the Frankwell district. Our picture depicts the bridge from the same view point. A further variant is in the Collection of the Newport Museum and Art Gallery, South Wales.

* The description of the above lot by the auctioneer in the language of the auction is the governing description. Any translation using Google translate is a guide only - its accuracy cannot be guaranteed and it is used at your own risk.
Estimate: 25,000 GBP - 35,000 GBP
Category: Fine Art & Antiques

English and Continental Paintings

  • Venue Address

  • Easters Court
  • Leominster
  • Herefordshire
  • HR6 0DE
  • United Kingdom
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  • Sale Date

  • 13 Mar 2013 10:00 GMT

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