Bridgenorth, Shropshire

c. 1790
Support: Cream(3) laid paper laid down on board
Sheet: 35.5 x 51.7 cm (14 x 20 3/8 in.); Secondary Support: 43 x 57.2 cm (16 15/16 x 22 1/2 in.)
Location: not on view
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The medium of watercolor has a richer tradition in England than almost any other country, and its rise in importance was closely connected to the development of landscape painting. Paul Sandby was among the first British artists to produce a substantial body of landscape watercolors. Early in his career, Sandby worked as a mapmaker, surveying the Highlands in Scotland while working for the government. His mature work combines topographical accuracy with picturesqe compositions and carefully observed figure groups. This watercolor shows a gated medieval bridge across the River Severa near the town of Bridgenorth, in western England, near Wales. Sandby depicted the subject several times in both watercolors and prints. Here, the rustic merrymakers dancing to a fiddler's music add a social dimension to the scene.
Bridgenorth, Shropshire

Bridgenorth, Shropshire

c. 1790

England, 18th century

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