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Paul Sandby RA, Wenlock Abbey, Shropshire, The South Transept and Converted Prior's Lodge Seen from the North Transept

Wenlock Abbey, Shropshire, The South Transept and Converted Prior's Lodge Seen from the North Transept, by 1779

Paul Sandby RA (1730/31 - 1809)

RA Collection: Art

Watercolour scenes of medieval ruins set in rural landscapes are typical of the topographical work produced by Sandby at this time. During the late 18th century, historic ruins were particularly appreciated for their 'pleasing melancholy', evoking contemplation on the passage of time and man's relationship with nature.

This watercolour shows the ruined South Transept and Chapter House of Wenlock Abbey in Shropshire. The ruins are partially in shadow adding to the sense of solemnity and melancholy. In the 1770s Sandby worked extensively for the print trade and this scene was engraved in 1779.

Object details

Title
Wenlock Abbey, Shropshire, The South Transept and Converted Prior's Lodge Seen from the North Transept
Artist/designer
Paul Sandby RA (1730/31 - 1809)
Date
by 1779
Object type
Drawing
Medium
Pencil and watercolour on laid paper
Dimensions

352 mm x 544 mm

Collection
Royal Academy of Arts
Object number
03/243
Acquisition
Given by Mrs. Augusta Thackeray 21 June 1865
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