A Welsh Sunset River Landscape, ca. 1775-1800
Oil on panel
18 3/4 x 24 1/2 in. (47.7 x 62.2 cm)
This landscape probably dates to some time after Paul Sandby's travels through Wales in the 1770s and likely was based on a sketch made then. Although he usually worked in watercolor, here he has made stunning use of the more luminous medium of oils, particularly in the brilliant sunset. And while the picture likely represents an actual place that the artist visited, he has represented the castle as a classical ruin, a popular motif in contemporary imaginary landscapes.
Christie's, November 4, 1975, lot 51; private collection, U.K.; Christie's, London, November 14, 1997, lot 59
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