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After Francis Cotes (1726-70)

Paul Sandby published 1763

Mezzotint | 39.7 x 28.0 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 661138

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Paul Sandby and his brother Thomas were among the founders of both the Society of Artists of Great Britain in 1761 and the Royal Academy of Arts in 1768. A desire to raise the status of artists is implicit here, with Sandby elegantly dressed and leaning out of the window of a well-appointed house to draw from nature.