Henry Edridge (1768–1821) was a successful portrait draughtsman and miniaturist who increasingly turned to landscape subjects, which he drew for his own amusement. In his former guise, Edridge produced a fine miniature of the young Girtin (TG1928), whilst a more informal study of the artist working from nature was probably made on a sketching expedition around 1801, possibly with others from the circle of Dr Thomas Monro (1759–1833) (TG1923). The style of draughtsmanship employed by Edridge in his landscape drawings shows the influence of the younger artist, whose work he copied on at least one occasion (see TG1892 figure 1), and a number of Girtin’s works have been misattributed to him, including Kirkby Malham (TG1606) and Farm Buildings (TG1432). Edridge was one of the fellow artists who attended Girtin’s funeral and he also subscribed to the posthumously published Picturesque Views in Paris, paying five guineas for a proof set of the etchings (Chancery, Income and Expenses, 1804). A list of subscribers is included in John Girtin’s account of the income he received from the Picturesque Views in Paris, together with the expenses incurred in completing the project. They are transcribed in the Documents section of the Archive (1804 – Item 1). The Eagle Tower, Caernarfon Castle (TG1309) also came from Edridge’s collection.
Portrait Miniature of Thomas Girtin
Thomas Girtin Sketching
Paris: Porte Saint-Denis and the Boulevard Saint-Denis
1799 - 1800
Farm Buildings, Probably in Surrey
1798 - 1799
The Eagle Tower, Caernarfon Castle