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Works Thomas Girtin after (?) John Henderson

Dover Harbour

1795 - 1796


Thomas Girtin (1775-1802) after (?) John Henderson (1764-1843)
  • Dover Harbour
1795 - 1796
Medium and Support
Graphite on paper
33 × 27 cm, 13 × 10 ⅝ in
Object Type
Monro School Copy; Outline Drawing; Work after an Amateur Artist
Subject Terms
Coasts and Shipping; Dover and Kent

Catalogue Number
Description Source(s)
Girtin and Loshak, 1954


Charles Sackville Bale (1791–1880); his posthumous sale, Christie’s, 16 May 1881, no.391; J. Palser & Sons ('5 pencils'); Edward Cohen (1817–86); then by bequest to his niece, Isabella Oswald (1838–1905); her posthumous sale, Robins & Hine, 30 March 1905, lot unknown; Henry Melville Gaskell (1879–1954), by 1929


Girtin and Loshak, 1954, p.205 as by Thomas Girtin

About this Work

This pencil drawing is known only from a description in Thomas Girtin (1874–1960) and David Loshak’s catalogue of Girtin’s works, where it is described as a Monro School drawing produced by the artist working on his own (Girtin and Loshak, 1954, p.205). The drawing was last recorded in the collection of ‘H. M. Gaskell, Esq.’, presumably Henry Melville Gaskell (1879–1954), but sadly there appears to be no extant photograph of the image against which to test the attribution or confirm the subject. The catalogue usefully notes that it shows ‘Three sloops and a rowing-boat stranded on the mud across the foreground; harbour buildings on both sides in middle distance across the water; Dover castle on cliff in r. distance’, and so it was presumably copied from an outline by John Henderson (1764–1843), since Girtin is not known to have visited Dover. If and when the work reappears, it is likely to resemble Beached Vessels in Dover Harbour, the Castle in the Distance (TG0838), a pencil drawing by Girtin that shows a group of stranded vessels with Dover Castle beyond and that the artist seems to have copied for his own use, aside from the production of a Monro School copy with Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775–1851) (TG0812).

1795 - 1796

Beached Vessels in Dover Harbour, the Castle in the Distance


1795 - 1796

Beached Vessels in Dover Harbour, the Castle in the Distance


by Greg Smith

Place depicted

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