Caernarvon Castle pencil and watercolour 36.4 x 53.6cm (14 5/16 x 21 1/8in).
PROVENANCE: with The Ruskin Gallery Ltd Sale, Fellows and Sons, The Jeavons Collection, 11 October 1977 Private collection, UK
Paul Sandby made three trips to Wales in the 1770s, visiting North Wales in 1770 and 1771 and South Wales from 21st August to 4th September 1773. He toured North Wales in the company of Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn, collecting material for the 2nd Welsh Aquatint series, XII Views in North Wales, finally published in 1776. The two companions arrived at Caernarvon on 28th August and stayed until 31st August. Sandby's A collection of one hundred & fifty select views in England, Wales, Scotland & Ireland published 1783 contains three views of Caernarvon engraved by W. Watts.
Similar compositions to the present lot are in the collections of The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester and Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool.