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Paul Sandby, 1731–1809

Carreg Cennen Castle

Additional Title(s):

Carreg Cennan Castle

ca. 1800
Materials & Techniques:
Watercolor and graphite on thick, moderately textured, cream laid paper
Sheet: 8 x 11 11/16in. (20.3 x 29.7cm), Sheet: 8 × 11 3/4 inches (20.3 × 29.8 cm)

Inscribed in graphite lower right: "Carreg Cennan Castle"; inscribed on back in graphite center: "3"; in graphite lower right: "Carig Cenan Cas | Call[...]"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Drawings & Watercolors
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
castle | figures | hill | landscape | mountain | trees
Associated Places:
Carmarthenshire | Carreg Cennan Castle | Cymru | Europe | Llandeilo | United Kingdom | Wales
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IIIF Manifest:

The sketch-like quality and light of this watercolor evoke a mood of calm, the long shadows cast by the foliage and figures suggesting the sunlight of late afternoon. Sandby’s distant perspective emphasizes the towering limestone cliffs that both support the castle and provide a natural defense mechanism. The figures in the foreground, most likely depictions of Welsh locals, are included merely as props that establish the sense of scale of the vast cliffs and broad, open expanses of the landscape. Incorporating many elements of the picturesque, this work de-emphasizes the built environment and focuses on characteristics of the Welsh landscape, incorporating rolling hills, fields, and lush vegetation.

Gallery label for Art in Focus: Wales (Yale Center for British Art, 2014-04-04 - 2014-08-10)

Art in Focus : Wales (Yale Center for British Art, 2014-04-04 - 2014-08-10) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

The Art of Paul Sandby (Yale Center for British Art, 1985-04-10 - 1985-06-23) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

The Art of Paul Sandby, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut, 1985, pp. 76, 78, no. 101, NJ18 Sa56 R62 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Yale Center for British Art, Wales, New Haven, 2014, p. 20, V2519 (YCBA) [YCBA]

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