Classical Landscape

Thomas Girtin, 1794 - 1796

WAG 8176

About this object

This work is a copy from an etching by the Venetian painter Marco Ricci (1676 - 1730). Copying from works by Master artists like Ricci was a common teaching technique and it was often used to train young artists. It helped introduce them to the grand subjects and compositions of the Old Masters while developing their drawing and painting skills.

Girtin may have made this watercolour while he was a student of Dr Thomas Monro (1759-1833). The physician engaged several young artists, including JMW Turner (1775 - 1881), to make copies of watercolours in his collection between 1794 and 1796. Monro was a keen supporter of the arts and so made his collection available to young artists to help them develop.

A copy after No. XIII of the 24 Landscapes of Marco Ricci, etched by D.A. Fossati, Venice, 1763; Girtin and Loshak date No. 17 to 1798-1799 and the list five other watercolours by Girtin after Fossati.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    Thomas Girtin (British: English, born:18 February 1775, died:9 November 1802)
  • Date
    1794 - 1796
  • Materials
    Watercolour; Paper
  • Measurements
    image: 32.3 cm x 48 cm
  • Physical description
    A classical landscape view containing statues, columns and buildings of classical architecture. Three people are gathered by a monument under a solitary tree on the left. On the right a second column stands tall in the sky.
  • Related people
    Cecil Francis Joseph Beausire (Previous owner); Bluett and Rayer (Previous owner); Guy D'Harvey (Previous owner); Thomas Girtin (Artist/maker); G W Jenkins (Previous owner)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 8176
  • Credit line
    Bequeathed to the Walker Art Gallery by C F J Beausire in 1972
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections

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Publications

  • English Watercolours in the Collection of C F J Beausire

    Edward Morris

    Author: Edward Morris
    Publisher: Walker Art Gallery, Printed by Elliot Bros. & Yeoman Ltd.
    Date: 1970
    Description:

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Cecil Francis Joseph Beausire

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Bequeathed to the Walker Art Gallery
  • Guy D'Harvey

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1972
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • G W Jenkins

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Bluett and Rayer

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded

Inscriptions

Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: From Bluett and Rayer Families of Holcombe, Devon. From Rev. G.W. Jenkins Collection. From Guy D'Harvey Samuel Collection. See T. Girtin by T. Girtin and D. Loshak, no. 309, plate 176. April 1961
    Inscription method: Label
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Back
  • Inscription text: 36, 039, Stuck down
    Inscription method:
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Backing
Object view = Fine Art
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