George Wyndham Girtin (1836–1912) was the only son of Thomas Calvert Girtin (1801–74), the artist’s child. Thomas Calvert died intestate in 1874 and George administered the estate on behalf of his three sisters, securing for each a share of the collection of the artist’s works that had been acquired by purchase by Thomas Calvert as his career as a surgeon prospered. George’s portion of his father’s collection included outstanding watercolours such as The Ouse Bridge, York (TG1649) and St Vincent’s Rocks and the Avon Gorge (TG1735), to which he added by purchase a further fifteen works including York: The New Walk on the Banks of the Ouse (TG1046). In turn, George passed on the bulk of his collection to his son, Thomas Girtin (1874–1960), co-author of The Art of Thomas Girtin (Girtin and Loshak, 1954).
The Ouse Bridge, York
St Vincent’s Rocks and the Avon Gorge
1796 - 1797
York: The New Walk on the Banks of the Ouse