Thomas Girtin (1775-1802)
Pencil and watercolour.
Turner and Girtin worked closely at the beginning of their careers, both staying at Harewood House in Yorkshire under the patronage of Edward Lascelles.
Girtin died prematurely in 1802. Later, Turner would say "If Tom Girtin had lived, I would have starved."
Notes from: Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.
Girtin was apprenticed to the watercolourist Edward Dayes (1763-1804) and his earliest dated works are on 1791.
He began exhibiting at the Royal Academy in 1794. During 1796-1798 and in 1800 he made sketching tours in Egnland, Scotland and Wales.
He died in November 1802 from tuberculosis at the age of 27. Despite his premature death Girtin, is considered today as one of the greatest masters of English watercolour.
Article By: Dave Roberts.
First Published: 2007.
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