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  • Located in Whittlebury Forest, Wakefield Lodge was an imposing hunting lodge designed by William Kent for the 2nd Duke of Grafton. Its completion was overseen by the 3rd Duke of Grafton (short-lived prime minister from 14 October 1768 to 28 January 1770), who continuously increased the size of the estate. Having been trained as a topographer, Sandby felt particularly at ease with estate portraiture. He chose to depict Wakefield lodge from a distance rather than at close range, thereby displaying the property in its wider setting. As is often the case in Sandby’s oeuvre, the artist peppered his composition with references to estate life. The grazing horses remind the viewer that the majestic 250-acre park was host to the Wakefield Lawn Races, while the wary herd of stags is evocative of the Grafton Hunt. Sandby’s artistic aspirations never prevented him from adding a touch of lightness: one cannot help noticing a raggedy couple surreptitiously bundling wood and hiding behind a tree as a phaeton approaches, making this an exquisite scene of rustic burlesque. Although not as frequently depicted by Sandby as Windsor views, Wakefield Lodge was the subject of some repetitions as well. The present work was one of two Wakefields exhibited at the Society of Artists in 1767. Sandby also produced two watercolors from different viewpoints that were later engraved by M.A. Rooker for “A Collection of Landscapes”, published in London in 1777. Other versions of the lodge were made the next year for the “Copperplate Magazine”, to which Sandby contributed many designs. These endeavors are telling of the artist's condition: by hanging his work on the walls of the Society of Artists, Sandby most likely hoped to attract private and wealthy patrons wishing to have their own estates depicted in a similar fashion; by providing designs to publishers, he could make a decent living while courting a larger public.
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  • Located in Whittlebury Forest, Wakefield Lodge was an imposing hunting lodge designed by William Kent for the 2nd Duke of Grafton. Its completion was overseen by the 3rd Duke of Grafton (short-lived prime minister from 14 October 1768 to 28 January 1770), who continuously increased the size of the estate. Having been trained as a topographer, Sandby felt particularly at ease with estate portraiture. He chose to depict Wakefield lodge from a distance rather than at close range, thereby displaying the property in its wider setting. As is often the case in Sandby’s oeuvre, the artist peppered his composition with references to estate life. The grazing horses remind the viewer that the majestic 250-acre park was host to the Wakefield Lawn Races, while the wary herd of stags is evocative of the Grafton Hunt. Sandby’s artistic aspirations never prevented him from adding a touch of lightness: one cannot help noticing a raggedy couple surreptitiously bundling wood and hiding behind a tree as a phaeton approaches, making this an exquisite scene of rustic burlesque. Although not as frequently depicted by Sandby as Windsor views, Wakefield Lodge was the subject of some repetitions as well. The present work was one of two Wakefields exhibited at the Society of Artists in 1767. Sandby also produced two watercolors from different viewpoints that were later engraved by M.A. Rooker for “A Collection of Landscapes”, published in London in 1777. Other versions of the lodge were made the next year for the “Copperplate Magazine”, to which Sandby contributed many designs. These endeavors are telling of the artist's condition: by hanging his work on the walls of the Society of Artists, Sandby most likely hoped to attract private and wealthy patrons wishing to have their own estates depicted in a similar fashion; by providing designs to publishers, he could make a decent living while courting a larger public.
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  • Alternate title :: North East View of Wakefield Lodge...
  • Bibliograpic reference ::
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Art & visual culture, a reader, Tate Publishing, London, 2012, pp. 177, 180-82, N5300 .A683 2012 (YCBA)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: British Art at Yale, Apollo, v.105, no. 182, April 1977, p. 271, N5220 M552 A7 1977 OVERSIZE (YCBA) , Published as April 1977 issue of Apollo; all of the articles may also be found in bound Apollo Volume [N1 A54 105:2 +]
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Country houses in Great Britain., Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 1979, pp. 74-75, no. 61, N6764 Y34 1979 (YCBA)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: David H. Solkin, Art in Britain 1660-1815, Yale University Press, New Haven, 2015, pp. 215-16, 259, fig. 218, N6766 S65 2015 OVERSIZE (YCBA)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Graham Reynolds, English Landscape 1630-1850, Apollo, vol.105, no. 182, April 1977, p. 271, N1 A54 105:2 + (YCBA) , Another copy of this article may be found in a separately bound and catalogued copy of this issue located on the Mellon Shelf [call number : N5220 M552 A7 1977 + (YCBA)]
  • Bibliograpic reference :: John Baskett, Paul Mellon's legacy, a passion for British art : masterpieces from the Yale Center for British Art, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2007, p. 256, no. 33, pl. 33, N5220 M552 P38 2007 OVERSIZE (YCBA)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Lady Lever Art Gallery, British watercolours and drawings, Lord Leverhulme's collection in the Lady Lever Art Gallery, Liverpool University Press, Liverpool, 2010, p.169, fn 937, N1455 A85 OVERSIZE (YCBA)
  • Dimension height :: 42.5cm
  • Dimension height :: 50.5cm
  • Dimension width :: 84.5cm
  • Dimension width :: 91.4cm
  • Exhibition :: An American's Passion for British Art - Paul Mellon's Legacy
  • Exhibition :: Country Houses in Great Britain - Yale Center for British Art
  • Exhibition :: English Landscape (Paul Mellon Collection) 1630-1850
  • Exhibition :: Papermaking and The Art of Watercolor in Eighteenth-Century Britain: Paul Sandby's "View of…Mr. Whatman's Turkey Mill"
  • Exhibition :: Paul Mellon's Legacy : A Passion for British Art
  • Exhibition :: Picturing Britain - Paul Sandby (1731-1809) - A Bicentenary Exhibition
  • Exhibition :: The Art of Paul Sandby
  • Exhibition :: The Line of Beauty : British Drawings and Watercolors of the Eighteenth Century
  • Located in :: New Haven
  • Located in :: Not on view
  • Located in :: YCBA, 222, C 6, S- 1
  • Located in :: Yale Center for British Art
  • Object type :: drawing
  • Object type :: watercolor
  • Subject Concept :: boat
  • Subject Concept :: carriage
  • Subject Concept :: cattle
  • Subject Concept :: clouds
  • Subject Concept :: figures
  • Subject Concept :: forest
  • Subject Concept :: landscape
  • Subject Concept :: men
  • Subject Concept :: north
  • Subject Concept :: river
  • Subject Concept :: sailboat
  • Subject Concept :: sky
  • Subject Concept :: trees
  • Subject Concept :: west
  • Subject Concept :: women
  • Subject Place :: Europe
  • Subject Place :: Northamptonshire
  • Subject Place :: United Kingdom
  • Subject Place :: Whittlebury
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  • Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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  • North West View of Wakefield Lodge in Whittlebury Forest, Northamptonshire
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