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Eye Candy for Today: Paul Sandby ink and wash drawing

View in Windsor Park, Paul Sandby
View in Windsor Park, Paul Sandby

Pen and brown ink, gray wash, over a graphite underdrawing. 13 3/16 x 20 1/4 in. (335 x 515 mm).

In the Morgan Library & Museum. Click Zoom, then use Full Screen and zoom controls under image. Info at left.


2 responses to “Eye Candy for Today: Paul Sandby ink and wash drawing”

  1. Help! When is it a drawing, and when a painting? What is the difference? I’d call it a painting in English, and a drawing (tekening) in Dutch. Don’t ask why.
    Yes, it’s very beautiful! Thank you.

    1. The line between the two is sometimes blurred. The distinction is somewhat artificial and loosely applied.

      Usually, in English, dry media like pencil, chalk, charcoal and crayon are considered “drawing”, along with wet media applied with a pen (ink drawing), or with a brush when applied primarily as line, even if supplemented with more paint-like applications (ink and wash, as in the case of this drawing); while wet media like oil, acrylic, watercolor, gouache and casein are considered “painting”.

      However, pastel, a dry media, can be applied in a way that is more like drawing (primarily in line) or more like painting (in that its effects look very much like painting); and ink and wash drawings from some cultures are considered painting, as in the case of Chinese and Japanese “ink painting”.

      The latter division seems to have more to do with the intention of the piece; drawings are associated with casual or preliminary works and painting with finished works intended for sale. The word “sketch” can be applied either to a drawing or to a quickly realized painting.

      Often, the division is made between considering works on paper as drawing, in which case you will see watercolor and gouache categorized as drawing, and considering works on more permanent surfaces, like canvas or board, as painting.