Harmonising Landscapes - Paul Sandby RA

Saturday 16 Jun - Sun 6 Jan

Within the atmospheric setting of Newstead Abbey with its gardens, parkland and ruins, we explore Paul Sandby’s drawings, prints and paintings of estates and ancient ruins.

Nottingham-born Paul Sandby, one of the founding members of the Royal Academy, has long been considered the father of English watercolour painting.  He pioneered the artistic depiction of landscape in Wales, Scotland and England, showing a Georgian England being reshaped and transformed by agricultural, industrial and urban change.  Nottingham City Museums & Galleries have a significant collection of his works and in the atmospheric setting of Newstead Abbey we celebrate his drawings, prints and paintings of estates and ancient ruins, including his views of Newstead.

The exhibition is Newstead Abbey’s contribution to RA250: the Royal Academy’s 250thanniversary celebrations and is supported by ‘RA250 with Art Fund’

This exhibition starts an exciting 4 year programme of Arts Council-funded  temporary exhibitions staged exclusively in, and uniquely for, Newstead Abbey, spilling out into the many rooms and corridors of the house, including the beautiful grounds and gardens.



Associated Talks

A Curator's View
Sunday 2 September, 1-2pm.
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Ruins and Improvements with Nicholas Alfrey
Saturday 6 October, 1-2pm.
This talk focuses on Paul Sandby’s depictions of ruins in the landscape, particularly his remarkable aquatints of castles in Wales. We will explore how such images of a ruined past relate to the scenes of prosperity and improvement that also attracted him as an artist.  Nicholas Alfrey is the Research Associate in the Department of History of Art at the University of Nottingham.

This talk is British Sign Language (BSL) translated for deaf and hard of hearing visitors, provided by a Nottinghamshire Sign Deaf Society interpreter.


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