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Works Thomas Girtin

A Sandpit, near Logs Hill, Widmore

1798 - 1799

Primary Image: TG1421: Thomas Girtin (1775–1802), A Sandpit, near Logs Hill, Widmore, 1798–99, watercolour on paper, 27.3 × 41.9 cm, 10 ¾ × 16 ½ in. Private Collection.

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Thomas Girtin (1775-1802)
  • A Sandpit, near Logs Hill, Widmore
1798 - 1799
Medium and Support
Watercolour on paper
27.3 × 41.9 cm, 10 ¾ × 16 ½ in
Object Type
Studio Watercolour
Subject Terms
Dover and Kent; Trees and Woods

A Sandpit, near Logs Hill, Widmore (TG1422)
Catalogue Number
Description Source(s)
Girtin and Loshak, 1954


Clarkson Stanfield (1828–78); his sale, Christie’s, 13 May 1868, lot 656 as 'A Gravel Pit'; bought by 'Bale'; Charles Sackville Bale (1791–1880) (lent to London, 1875); his posthumous sale, Christie’s, 13 May 1881, lot 84 as 'A Sandpit near Bromley, Kent'; bought by 'Palser', £21; J. Palser & Sons; bought by Edward Cohen (1817–86), 1881

Exhibition History

London, 1875, no.23 as ’Sandpit and Wood’


Girtin and Loshak, 1954, p.210 as 'Untraced ... Sandpit and Wood'

About this Work

Thomas Girtin (1874–1960) and David Loshak listed this work as untraced and gave the title as ‘Sandpit and Wood’, suggesting that it was ‘probably another version of “Gravel pit at Bromley”’ (TG1424) (Girtin and Loshak, 1954, p.210). Neither watercolour is illustrated, however, though an old black and white photograph found in the Witt Library, London, recording a work in the collection of Herbert William Underdown (1864–1944) in the 1920s is probably the item last noted by Girtin and Loshak as in the possession of Edward Cohen (1816–87) in 1881. If this is correct, then it appears that A Sandpit, near Logs Hill, Widmore is a second version of a watercolour that is inscribed ‘Sand pit. near Loggs Hill Widmore Bromley Kent’ (TG1422), and I have retitled the missing work to take into account evidence that was not available to Girtin and Loshak when they published their catalogue. It now appears that the second version of the composition is not the on-the-spot colour study I suspected it to be and although the missing drawing appears to be a studio work its reappearance may require us to reexamine their relationship.

1798 - 1799

A Gravel Pit at Bromley


1798 - 1799

A Sandpit, near Logs Hill, Widmore


by Greg Smith

Place depicted

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