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Thomas Girtin

(1775-1802), Watercolour painter

Regency Portraits Catalogue Entry

Sitter in 7 portraits
Artist associated with 1 portrait
Girtin was one of the most original of all English watercolourists. He was a friend, rival and later an inspiration to Turner, with whom he worked closely. Taking extensive tours around Britain, he developed a romantic style of watercolour painting notable for its breadth, its marvellous effects of light and dark, and its mysterious atmosphere. He died young at the age of twenty-seven, shortly after completing his most ambitious and spectacular work, the Eidometropolis, a 360-degree panorama of London measuring over 100ft. Turner is reported to have said: 'Had Tom Girtin lived, I should have starved.'

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