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Peterborough cathedral from the West front
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Peterborough cathedral from the West front

Circa 1795

Thomas Girtin (1775 - 1802)

Graphite, watercolour, pen and ink, bodycolour on paper

Height: 40.7 cm; Width: 27.1 cm;


Notes, verso of lining card, Plain impl.

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Spooner, William (Mr and Mrs); bequest; 1967

About this work
This drawing is one of six variations on the subject. Its studied precision reveals Girtin’s early training as a topographical watercolourist with Edward Dayes. The strong vertical accent, sound sense of perspective, and intricate decorative detail reflect Girtin’s experience as a draughtsman of architectural subjects. His use of the close, off-centre viewpoint and the way he fills the sheet with the whole edifice were influenced by the work of the well-known topographer Thomas Malton the younger (1748-1804). (Permanent collection label)

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Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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