Landscape with Rising Sun, December 1, 1828, 8:30 a.m.
Joseph Michael Gandy (British, London 1771–1843 London)
Watercolor over graphite on white wove paper
sheet: 4 3/16 x 6 3/4 in. (10.6 x 17.1 cm)
Harry G. Sperling Fund, 2005
Not on view
Gandy, who made his name as a visionary Romantic architect and art theorist, here demonstrates his skills as a watercolorist sketching outdoors. Responding to recent research into meteorology, he swiftly and carefully recorded the appearance of the sky at a particular time and season. The abbreviated inscription at upper right—"SW / Dec 1/28 ½ 8 M"—indicates that the study was made December 1, 1828, at 8:30 in the morning under a southwest wind. The sheet comes from a series once mounted in an album owned by the sculptor Sir Richard Westmacott, a friend and supporter of Gandy’s.
Inscription: Upper right recto in graphite; "SW Dec 1/28 1/2 8M"
Sir Richard Westmacott (British, 1775–1856); Maria Westmacott Poole (British, born 1811), daugher of the preceding; Christie's, London, November 20, 2003, lot 7 (album); Vendor: Richard L. Feigen & Co.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," April 12–July 18, 2016.