Sandby Landscapes Acquired by National Museum Wales

September 16 2020

Image of Sandby Landscapes Acquired by National Museum Wales

Picture: @Sothebys

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz

The National Museum in Wales has acquired 21 Welsh landscapes by Paul Sandby (1731-1809). The group features iconic views in Snowdonia, Caernaforn, Harlech Castle, Bala and Llangollen. In total, the set were acquired for £240,000 from the Douglas and Angus Estates with Sotheby's acting as agents. The works were acquired with support from Art Fund, the National Heritage Memorial Fund and a private donor.

Andrew Renton Keeper of Art at the Museum has said:

These views played a ground-breaking role in popularising Wales as a tourist destination, presenting it as an economically active, ‘picturesque’ and ‘sublime’ country rather than the impoverished and barbarous region of earlier prejudicial stereotypes.

It would be very exciting if these paintings could return to the area they depict, and we’re hoping to be able to display them in venues in north Wales as soon as we can.

Watercolourworld.org has a fantastic selection of Sandby's works that are free to browse at leisure.

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