A pen and ink and watercolour drawing of a bandstand in the grounds of Heriot's Hospital, Edinburgh, with promenaders in fashionable attire. The Hospital building is on the left. An unfinished area in the foreground with a figure outlined in pencil. Inscribed on the verso in pencil in the artist's hand, 'A humble imitation of Vauxhall in the Garden at Heriots Hospital at Edinburgh in the year 1750', with an unidentified number.
Paul Sandby spent several years in Scotland working for the Board of Ordnance, settling in London and Windsor by 1752. Heriot's Hospital, to the south of Edinburgh, was built in the reign of James II for the purpose of educating poor children. The drawing shows a makeshift pleasure garden in the grounds of the Hospital, modelled on the large commercial pleasure-grounds at Vauxhall Gardens in London at the same date. The grouping of figures in the style of a fete galante and the delicate colouring shows Sandby's familiarity with the work of French artists such as Jean-Antoine Watteau.
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