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Thomas Sandby RA, 1721–1798, British

A View of Boxhill from Norbury Park, Surrey

ca. 1775
Watercolor, pen and gray ink, and graphite on moderately thick, slightly textured, cream laid paper
Sheet: 12 1/8 × 39 1/8 inches (30.8 × 99.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Drawings & Watercolors
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
carriage | horses (animals) | landscape
Associated Places:
Box Hill | England | Leatherhead | Norbury Park | North Downs | Surrey
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Though we know little of how Thomas Sandby received his architectural training, he became architect to the Duke of Cumberland and was named the first professor of Architecture at the Royal Academy. In 1774 William Lock, father of the sitter in Lawrence's charcoal portrait (cat. 13 [1994.11]) acquired the estate of Norbury Park and wrote to Thomas Sandby from Rome commissioning him to build a house. Sandby built the house and sent off a ground plan, elevation, and drawings of the estate from the house, one of which must have been this view towards Boxhill.

Stephen Daniels, Paul Sandby, picturing Britain , Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2009, cat. 88, NJ18 Sa56 P3 2009 + OVERSIZE (YCBA)

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