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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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Thomas Girtin, by John Opie - NPG 882

Thomas Girtin

by John Opie
oil on canvas, circa 1800
On display in Room 18 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 882

Thomas Girtin, by and published by William Daniell, after  George Dance - NPG D34508

Thomas Girtin

by and published by William Daniell, after George Dance
soft-ground etching, published 2 April 1814 (28 August 1798)
NPG D34508

Thomas Girtin, by Samuel William Reynolds, published by  John Girtin, after  John Opie - NPG D34510

Thomas Girtin

by Samuel William Reynolds, published by John Girtin, after John Opie
mezzotint, published 1814 (circa 1800)
NPG D34510

Thomas Girtin, by Samuel William Reynolds, after  John Opie - NPG D2438

Thomas Girtin

by Samuel William Reynolds, after John Opie
mezzotint, published 1814 (circa 1800)
NPG D2438

Thomas Girtin, by Samuel William Reynolds, after  John Opie - NPG D2439

Thomas Girtin

by Samuel William Reynolds, after John Opie
mezzotint, published 1814 (circa 1800)
NPG D2439

Thomas Girtin, by and published by William Daniell, after  George Dance - NPG D12185

Thomas Girtin

by and published by William Daniell, after George Dance
soft-ground etching, published 2 April 1814 (28 August 1798)
NPG D12185

Thomas Girtin ('Liber Naturae or A Collection of Prints From the Drawings of Thomas Girtin'), by Samuel William Reynolds, published by  Neill & Son, published by  Fine Art Society Ltd, after  John Opie - NPG D34509

Thomas Girtin ('Liber Naturae or A Collection of Prints From the Drawings of Thomas Girtin')

by Samuel William Reynolds, published by Neill & Son, published by Fine Art Society Ltd, after John Opie
mezzotint, published 1883 (circa 1800)
NPG D34509

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