Charles Parr Burney (1785–1864) taught at his father’s school in Greenwich and later became an Anglican minister rising to archdeacon of St Albans and then Colchester. He was the grandson of the eminent musicologist Charles Burney (1726–1814) and nephew of the novelist Frances (Fanny) Burney (1752–1840). His collection of watercolours and drawings included Girtin’s fine study for a scene for Thomas Dibdin's pantomime Harlequin's Habeas showing la Rue Saint-Denis in Paris (TG1891). The bulk of his drawings by or attributed to Girtin were, however, collaborations made with Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775–1851) for Dr Thomas Monro (1759–1833) such as An Unidentified Building and Column Set amongst Trees, Probably the Villa Negroni in Rome (TG0561). These appear to have been acquired from Monro’s posthumous sale in 1833 and they passed by descent through the family. Burney was himself a distinguished amateur artist whose carefully rendered topographical views deserve to be better known. Three of his etchings are in the collection of the British Museum.


La Rue Saint-Denis, Paris: A Scene for Thomas Dibdin’s Pantomime ‘Harlequin’s Habeas’


1794 - 1797

An Unidentified Building and Column Set amongst Trees, Possibly in Rome