Sandby has treated the medieval gateway with the care associated with topographical draughtsmanship (the accurate recording of particular places) but here it forms the backdrop for a humorous and incident-filled scene of daily life.
Topographical draughtsmanship was an important skill in the military, used in the surveying of land and fortifications. Sandby was trained as a military draughtsman, but he developed original approaches. By the 1790s Sandby was thought of as the crucial figure in British landscape art, who had forged a specifically ‘national’ style of watercolour.
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