© Tate, London 2019 | Licence: CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0 (Unported)
© Tate, London 2019 | Licence: CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0 (Unported)

The Cemetery Gate of St Augustine’s Monastery Canterbury

1782

Paul Sandby

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Title

The Cemetery Gate of St Augustine’s Monastery Canterbury

Date

1782

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Description

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.

Medium: Watercolour and graphite on paper
Credit line: 'Presented by William Sandby 1901'

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Location

St Augustine's Abbey, Longport, Canterbury, England

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