- Also known as
primary name: Girtin, Thomas
- individual; painter/draughtsman; printmaker; British; Male
- Life dates
- 2, St Martin's le Grand 1794-96
35, Drury Lane 1797
25, Henrietta Street 1798
6 Long Acre 1799
56 Drury Lane 1800
11 Scott's Place, Islington 1800 (address given in RA catalogue)
St. George's Row, Hyde Park 1801
- The watercolourist. Fellow-pupil and friend of J.M.W.Turner at the academy of Dr Monro. Visited Paris 1801-2. Exhibited panorama of London (the Eidometropolis) in 1802. Engraved his own work, also an aquatinter and print colourer for J R Smith. Brother of John (q.v.); also made prints.
The family papers of the Girtin family bequeathed to the BM by Tom Girtin (q.v.) in 1996 are in the P&D Library, Pressmark CE, with a full calendar and index of the papers (see note in Bibliography above).
- ODNB; LBTI
Thomas Girtin & David Loshak, 'The art of Thomas Girtin', with a catalogue and 109 illustrations. 1954
Greg Smith,' Thomas Girtin : the art of watercolour', with contributions by Peter Bower, Anne Lyles, Susan Morris, exh. cat. Tate Britain, 2002
Greg Smith, 'Girtin v Girtin: New information on a panorma of London and his Picturesque views in Paris' in the British Art Journal, 18, no.3 (Winter 2017/18), 28-47, which supplements and corrects the earlier account in Greg Smith, Tate, 2002, pp. 189-205.
Greg Smith,' A 'connoisseur's panorama' : Thomas Girtin's Eidometropolis and other London views, c. 1796-1802', edited by Sheila O'Connell. 2018
There follows a short description of The Girtin Family Archive, presented to BM P&D in 1996 (bequest of Tom Girtin, d. 1994) which is kept in the P&D Library at Press Ce (there is a fully indexed calendar of the archive, by Carol Blackett Ord, kept with the archive in blue binder):
Bulk of archive is material compiled by Thomas Girtin (1874-1954) on the artist Thomas Girtin, including 3 boxfiles of notes on the artist, 10 albums of photos of his work, 2 boxfiles of photographs of modern locations of his subjects, and annotated copy of the Girtin catalogue raisonne (by Girtin and Loshak).
Substantial amount of information on other British watercolourists including J R Cozens (including annotated catalogue raisonne, Walpole Society, XXIII and photographs used when researching it) and Dayes, Moore, Monro and exhibition and sale catalogues.
Research notes and correspondence from 1st half of 20th century by Thomas Girtin (d. 1954) is the richest seam of information, especially unpublished letters from Oppe, Bury, Lupton, Witt and Hardie.
Includes a Ledger of the Girtin Collection (1858-1925) including purchases and sales, indexed by artist.
Includes notes on the works of Charles Gore in Weimar 1933