Peterborough cathedral from the West front
Thomas Girtin (1775-1802)
Graphite, watercolour, pen and ink, bodycolour on paper
Width: 27.1 cm; Height: 40.7 cm;
Notes, verso of lining card, Plain impl.
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).
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