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Regency Portraits Catalogue

Thomas Girtin (1775-1802), Watercolour painter

Girtin's portraiture is treated in Thomas Girtin and David Loshak, The Art of Thomas Girtin, 1954, pp 219-20; Mr Tom Girtin has been most helpful in the compilation of this entry.

c.1795
Pencil drawing by Dr Thomas Monro in the Pantzer Collection, Indianapolis, half-length seated at work in the 'Monro Academy'.

c.1796
Miniature by Edridge in the Girtin family collection, half-length to left with a lock of Girtin's hair in the back (reproduced Jonathan Mayne, Thomas Girtin, 1949, frontispiece).

1798
Drawing by Dance in the British Museum, profile to left in pencil touched with red and signed: Geo. Dance/Augst 28th 1798 (Laurence Binyon, Catalogue of Drawings by British Artists … in the British Museum, II, p 4 and reproduced 'Portrait Drawings', BM, 1974, p 57; engraver's transfer by William Daniell in Girtin family collection and Daniell's soft-ground etching included in A Collection of Portraits Sketched from the Life since the year 1793 by George Dance Esq. R.A. and engraved in imitation of The Original Drawings by William Daniell, A.R.A., 1814, II, p 72.

c.1800
Oils by Opie (see NPG 882).

c.1801
Pen and ink drawing by Edridge in the British Museum, seated sketching in a field, mounted with a similar drawing of Thomas Hearne dated? 1801 (Laurence Binyon, Catalogue of Drawings by British Artists … in the British Museum, II, p 117).

Self-portrait drawing in the British Museum, nearly whole-length at an easel signed: Tho. Girtin (Laurence Binyon, Catalogue of Drawings by British Artists … in the British Museum, II, p 224 and reproduced in Binyon, Thomas Girtin, 1900, plate 1).

Posthumous
Death-mask by Garrard: 'he had a mask taken from his face; and from that mask Mr Garrard, the animal-painter, intends forming a bust' (The Gentleman’s Magazine, February 1803, p 188); a mask turned up in 1935 but was thrown away owing to a mishap; the bust was in the sale of Garrard's effects in 1826 (68) but is at present unlocated (Thomas Girtin and David Loshak, The Art of Thomas Girtin, 1954, p 220).

Garrard's bust was probably the basis for Onslow Ford's bust of Girtin on the façade of Royal Society of Painters in Water Colours in Piccadilly.



This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: Richard Walker, Regency Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, 1985, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.