Ida Johanna Hog Rogge (née Girtin) (1834–1925) was a daughter of the artist’s son, Thomas Calvert Girtin (1801–74). Her father died intestate and although her brother, George Wyndham Girtin (1836–1912), inherited the family collection of works by Thomas Girtin, she received eighteen watercolours through a legal settlement dated 1 January 1880 (Rogge, Agreement, 1880). The document is transcribed in the Documents section of the Archive (1880 – Item 1). Amongst the eleven works that have been traced are outstanding examples such as A Mill in Essex (TG1416) and Conwy Castle, from the River Gyffin (TG1739), both of which, together with three others, later entered the distinguished collection formed by Sir Hickman Bacon (1855–1945) following their sale to J. Palser & Sons in 1901. As Tom Girtin (1913–94) angrily noted, ‘This wicked old woman sold all these drawings to Palser the dealer for £120 although her nephew T. Girtin had repeatedly offered her more than any dealer would give’.
A Mill in Essex
Conwy Castle, from the River Gyffin