Joseph Michael GANDY (London 1771 - Plympton 1843)

Near New Haven, East Sussex Sold

Watercolour, over an underdrawing in pencil.
Inscribed [?] 26 3 o/c / SW near New Haven at the upper left.
116 x 181 mm. (4 3/4 x 7 1/8 in.)


Many of Joseph Gandy’s topographical drawings and watercolours serve as a form of diary and travelogue, a practice he had begun during his period of study in Italy between 1794 and 1797, when he went on sketching expeditions in the Campagna. According to the artist’s annotation on the sheet, this watercolour was drawn at 3 o’clock in the afternoon near Newhaven, East Sussex.

As the Gandy scholar Brian Lukacher notes, ‘Gandy’s drawings often bear notations indicating the time of day or night that the view was observed and rendered: a twilit landscape of the enclosed commons at Milton, a late afternoon stormy landscape rent by a flash of lightning, or unidentified nocturnes with distinctive atmospheric phenomena seen in the scarlet dyeing of early evening clouds or in the moon encircled by a hazy pink numbus. The science and poetry of meteorology is often the primary focus of these optically alert drawings.’

Acquired from the artist by Richard Westmacott and placed into an album
The album given to his daughter, Maria Poole, née Westmacott
Thence by descent until sold, London, Christie’s, 20 November 2003, lot 7
Richard L. Feigen & Co., New York.

Joseph Michael GANDY

Near New Haven, East Sussex


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