Girtin, Thomas

Girtin, Thomas

Girtin, Thomas, 1775-1802, English draftsman and watercolorist. He was apprenticed to an engraver but was employed, together with J. M. W. Turner, to make topographical drawings. Girtin was among the first to paint naturalistically in watercolor, abandoning the tinted drawing for a direct painting technique, using broad, strong areas of color. In this technique he radically influenced English landscape painting and anticipated the 19th-century watercolor. Characteristic among his drawings are Tynemouth, View on the Wharf, and Kirkstall Abbey (Victoria and Albert Mus.).

See study by T. Girtin and D. Loshak (1954).

Thomas Malton (1748 – 1804) was the son of the architectural draughtsman Thomas Malton Snr. Like his brother James Malton he worked in the office of the celebrated Irish architect James Gandon. Malton also ran a drawing-school where he taught perspective drawing to J. M. W. Turner and Thomas Girtin.

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