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Thomas Girtin (1775 - 1802)

Lot 105: THOMAS GIRTIN 1775-1802


March 26, 2004
London, United Kingdom

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signed l.l.: Girtin 96 and inscribed verso: Pegwell Bay/nr Ramsgate and similarly inscribed on old label attached to the backboard



10.5 by 16.5 cm., 4 1/4 by 6 1/2 in.


watercolour over pencil with original wash line mount


Girtin's view of Pegwell Bay, near Ramsgate, Kent is a rare watercolour most likely executed on the spot during his travels in 1796. By this date he was an independent artist, having joined the household of Edward Dayes in Long Acre in the summer of 1789 and been his apprentice for a number of years. He had already shown a number of his topographical watercolours at the Academy and, as records of payments show, he was also being employed by the publisher, James Moore, from as early as 1792-3.

Another larger version of this view is recorded as being in the collection of Tom Girtin until 1970 and is now at the Yale Center for British Art, Newhaven, Connecticut (see Girtin and Loshak, The Art of Thomas Girtin, 1954, p.147, no.102).

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