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Works Thomas Girtin

An Unidentified Georgian House, Said to Be Lobes Hill in Shropshire

1798 - 1799


Thomas Girtin (1775-1802)
  • An Unidentified Georgian House, Said to Be Lobes Hill in Shropshire
1798 - 1799
Medium and Support
Graphite and watercolour on paper
10.8 × 21.6 cm, 4 ¼ × 8 ½ in

'Lobes Hill, Shropshire' on mount, not in Thomas Girtin's hand

Object Type
Studio Watercolour
Subject Terms
Shropshire View; Unidentified Topographical View

Catalogue Number
Girtin & Loshak Number
261 as '"Lobes Hill, Shropshire"'; '1798'
Description Source(s)
Girtin and Loshak, 1954


Max Saunders (Girtin and Loshak, 1954)

About this Work

No image of this work is known to exist, and the watercolour, which was described by Thomas Girtin (1874–1960) and David Loshak as an ‘out-door sketch’, has not been seen in public. The authors describe it as showing a ‘two-storied Georgian house, backed by trees, placed centrally on a hill sloping to foreground across which runs diagonally a fence and a hedge’, and they recorded an inscription that gave the work its title: ‘Lobes Hill, Shropshire’ (Girtin and Loshak, 1954, p.170). Extensive searches have failed to find any property of that or a similar name, however, and the description of the work as an on-the-spot sketch consequently sounds particularly suspicious, together with the date of 1798, also suggested by the authors of the catalogue of Girtin’s watercolours.

by Greg Smith

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