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Girtins Sketching Club


6 People in sitter grouping:

Named after perhaps its most famous member, Thomas Girtin, the group, also known as 'The Brothers' and 'The Sketching Society' held their first meeting on the 20th May 1799. This first gathering of devoted landscape watercolourists was hosted by Robert Ker Porter, in his rooms on Great Newport Street, London. It was continued every Saturday, between 7-11pm, hosted in turns by the other members, with the host choosing the group's poetical inspiration and being allowed to keep all works made on that night. The historical landscapes produced (which had to adhere to the chosen subject , otherwise fines would be imposed), were inspired by authors such as William Cowper, and were executed in grey sepia, with pencil outlines, on laid paper, approximately 11x14 inches. The club, in its original state, last met formally on the 11th January 1800, however it would be reformed after Girtin's death in 1802, becoming known as 'Cotman's Sketching Society' or 'The Drawing Club'. It finally ended in 1804, with the establishment of the professional exhibition society 'The Society of Painters in Watercolour'.

John Sell Cotman

John Sell Cotman

1782-1842
Landscape painter
Sitter in 2 portraits | Artist associated with 6 portraits
Thomas Girtin

Thomas Girtin

1775-1802
Watercolour painter
Sitter in 7 portraits | Artist associated with 1 portrait
No individual image available for this person

William Alexander

1767-1816
Artist
Artist associated with 2 portraits
Sir Augustus Wall Callcott

Sir Augustus Wall Callcott

1779-1844
Landscape painter
Sitter in 4 portraits | Artist associated with 2 portraits
Sir Robert Ker Porter

Sir Robert Ker Porter

1777-1842
Painter and traveller
Sitter in 4 portraits | Artist associated with 7 portraits
John Varley

John Varley

1778-1842
Landscape painter
Sitter in 2 portraits