BENJAMIN WEST ADVERTISES DRAWING LESSONS BY A SANDBY

Trade card advertising the services of ‘T. Sandby Junr., St. Georges Row Oxford Street, terms of teaching drawing. One scholar, eight lessons, two Guineas ...’

[London], published by T. Sandby Junr, Georges Row, May 1791.

Trade card print (24 x 16, 5 cm) etched by F. Bartolozzi after Benjamin West showing the Corinthian maiden sketching the silhouette of her departing lover on canvas, in an oval, on a pedestal with Sandby’s details; in very good condition, laid onto a larger sheet, with neat mss. note in a 19th century hand ‘this must be the son of Thomas Sandby R.A., the elder brother of Paul. T. Sandby Sen. was born 1721, died 1798’. On verso of print circular ownership stamp of ‘William B. Scott'.

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A rare advertising card for drawing lessons by Thomas Paul Sandby, son of Paul Sandby. The design is one of the very few ephemeral pieces drawn by the painter Benjamin West.

Thomas Paul Sandby (1753-1832) was the only son of the draughtsman and watercolourist Paul Sandby. He was also an artist and eventually succeeded his father as drawing master at Woolwich in 1796. In 1782 he married Harriot, his uncle Thomas Sandby’s second surviving daughter. Thomas Sandby’s only surviving son was an officer in the army. Both his father Paul and his uncle Thomas were founding members of the Royal Academy; it stands to reason that Benjamin West, another founding member, would undertake the work here as a favour to the elder Sandbys.

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