ATTRIBUTED TO PAUL SANDBY, R.A.
Nottingham 1730 - 1809 London
St. Augustine's Gate, Canterbury
Watercolour over pencil, heightened with touches of pen and brown ink;
inscribed on a label attached to the backboard: Received ye 18th, of Febry [sic] 1800
426 by 549 mm (drawing)
586 by 714 mm (mount)
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The more delicate watercolour pigments in this work have faded slightly and there is minor light staining to the sheet. At the extreme left and upper edges of the work, there are areas of paper and pigment loss. These defects are hidden behind the current mount. Throughout the sheet there are minor areas of restoration, connected with small repaired tears and foxmarks. The sheet has been laid down. The work is sold unframed.
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Sale, London, Christie's, 30 January 1948, lot 53;
with the Heffer Gallery, Cambridge by 1956, (as Edward Dayes);
acquired by Walter Brandt (1902-1978);
by family descent until the present owner
St. Augustine's Abbey at Canterbury dates from the time of Abbot Fyndom (1283-1309). After the suppression of the monasteries the Abbot's house was converted into a private residence. The last owner, Sir Edward Hales, removed much of the stone for use in the construction of his own seat. In 1844 what remained of the buildings and grounds were bought by Beresford Hope M.P. who placed them at the disposal of the church.1
1. See Country Life, 25 February 1965, p. 403