External: Gainsborough to Turner: The Golden Age of English Painting
- Francis Cotes 1726–1770
- Oil paint on canvas
- Support: 1251 × 1003 mm
frame: 1553 × 1285 × 135 mm
- Bequeathed by W.A. Sandby 1904
This portrait is an example of the more romantic image of the artist that emerged in the later eighteenth century. Sensibility stressed an emotional sensitivity to nature; in tune with these ideas the landscape painter Paul Sandby is shown in a relaxed attitude, sketching a view beyond the open window.
His emotional involvement with the scene he is drawing is emphasised by his gaze and the fact that he is almost leaning out of the window. A more traditional artist’s portrait would show the painter self-consciously presenting himself to the viewer.
Gallery label, September 2004
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