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A superb early aquatint of St. Martins Le Grand with the dome of St. Paul’s Cathedral dominating the skyline. It is from a painting by the notable artist Thomas Girtin (1775-1802) painted circa 1795. He is described by Russell as a ‘brilliant watercolourist’ who died whilst still in his twenties. This sepia aquatint is engraved by John Baily of Westminster and published by James Girtin of unidentified relationship to Thomas. The original painting is at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York who describe the painting thus: “Thomas Girtin, who ranks among the finest European landscape painters of the Romantic era, and the most accomplished British watercolorists of any period, painted this watercolor when he was about twenty, working directly from the view that lay outside his mother’s front door. By combining vibrant details with loose passages of generalized brushwork, Girtin captures the bustle of an eighteenth-century London Street.” Mackenzie, Ian. (1998). ‘British Prints’; Russell, Ronald. (1979). ‘Guide to British Topographical Prints’.

To the Rt. Honble. The Earl of Essex, This Print of St. Paul's from St. Martins Le Grand

J. Girtin 25 Old Compton Street, Soho, London, 24 June 1819
565 x 400 mm., sepia aquatint with some restoration to the verso of the lower right corner, crease upper left and small tear lower centre, the image in largely good condition.
Stock number: 8068


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