Watercolor and graphite, laid down on mount
Inscription: Recto, mount, Baumfeld's stamp in red ink and penciled annotation ("A23778RL.") below stamp at l.r.
Provenance: Zeitlin and Ver Brugge, Los Angeles; Rudolf L. Baumfeld, Los Angeles
Scope and Content:
Executed primarily for aristocratic patrons, Paul Sandby's landscapes, both imaginary and topographical, present an almost
nostalgic, idealized view of man's relationship to nature. Typical of Sandby's capriccios, this drawing depicts an untamed
yet gentle landscape that provides sustenance and pleasure for animals and human beings alike, as suggested by the combination
of the rural (sheep and shepherd) with the peaceful urban presences (the buildings of a small town across the lake in the
distant middle ground) in this watercolor. As such, Hilly Landscape and drawings like it contributed to the development of
the rustic and picturesque traditions of English landscape painting.