Abbey Ruins and Distant View

Manner of Thomas Girtin, 1796 inscribed

WAG 3188

About this object

This drawing was originally going to be listed in a Christie's sales catalogue as being by JMW Turner (1775 - 1851) in 1858 but it was later amended to Thomas Girtin (1775 - 1802). It is now thought to by an unknown artist working in Girtin's style.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    Manner of Thomas Girtin (British: English, born:18 February 1775, died:9 November 1802)
  • Date
    1796 inscribed
  • Materials
    Watercolour; Paper
  • Measurements
    paper: 24.8 cm x 53 cm
  • Physical description
    Sepia toned watercolour view looking across architectural ruins on top of a tree and out across a copse on lower land behind it.
  • Related people
    John Elliot (Previous owner); Ernest Gambart (Previous owner); Thomas Girtin (Artist/maker); John Miller (Previous owner)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 3188
  • Credit line
    Bequeathed to the Walker Art Gallery by John Elliot in 1917
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections

Explore related

Publications

  • Early English Drawings and Watercolours in the Walker Art Gallery

    Edward Morris & Timothy Stevens

    Author: Edward Morris & Timothy Stevens
    Publisher: Liverpool Letterpress Limited, Member of the Steel House Press
    Date: 1968
    Description: Catalogue of Early English Drawings and Watercolours in the Walker Art Gallery collection

Ownership

Previous owners

  • John Elliot

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1917
    Disposal method: Bequeathed to the Walker Art Gallery
  • Ernest Gambart

    Owned from: 1858
    How acquired: Purchased at Christie's on 20 May 1858, Lot 49
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • John Miller

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1858
    Disposal method: Sold at Christie's on Christie's on 20 May 1858, Lot 49

Inscriptions

Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: There is a contemporary inscription at the moment unreadable (in ink). An attempt has been made to obliterate it which might explain the spurious signature Turner under the ultra violet, the inscr. looked like Girtin(?)
    Inscription method: Ink
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location:
  • Inscription text: Turner 1796 (spurious, bottom left corner) ?Girtin (underneath)
    Inscription method:
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Front
  • Inscription text: (turner) Girtin 1775-1802 Ruins of Abbey, John Elliot Bequest - 1917(on the card to which the drawing stuck)
    Inscription method: Pencil
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Mount
Object view = Fine Art
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