Thomas Malton the Younger (1748–1804) was an architectural draughtsman and topographer whose publications included A Picturesque Tour through the Cities of London and Westminster (Malton, 1792–1801). It was an earlier set of engravings of London views, however, that provided Girtin with many of the models for the drawings he produced for Charles Taylor’s (1756–1823) publication The Temple of Taste (Taylor, 1794–96), most notably The Banqueting House, Whitehall (see comparative image TG0039). A few years later, Girtin’s early patron John Henderson (1764–1843) commissioned four watercolour copies of London scenes from a set of Malton’s aquatints in his possession. In The Mansion House (TG0870), Girtin characteristically simplified and concentrated the composition and updated the costume of the figures. Malton taught perspective, but, by the time Girtin came to make his copies for Henderson (around 1795–96), he had little to learn from the older artist, having received a solid grounding in the skills from his master, Edward Dayes (1763–1804), and there is no reason for him to have taken formal lessons with him, as was the case with Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775–1851).

1790 - 1791

The Banqueting House, Whitehall

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1795 - 1796

London: The Mansion House

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