Francis Cotes, ‘Paul Sandby’, 1761, oil on canvas
Cotes Paul Sandby 1761
Francis Cotes (1726-1770)
This portrait exemplifies the more romantic image of the artist that emerged in the later eighteenth century. In tune with the new ideas of’sensibility’' which stressed an emotional sensitivity to nature — the landscape painter Paul Sandby is shown in a relaxed attitude, sketching a view beyond the open window.
Sandby ‘s enraptured gaze and the fact that he is looking out of the window emphasises his emotional involvement with the scene he is drawing. A more traditional portrait would show the painter self – consciously presenting himself to the viewer.
(From the display caption November 2003)