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Works (?) Thomas Girtin

Jedburgh Abbey, from the North East

(?) 1796


(?) Thomas Girtin (1775-1802)
  • Jedburgh Abbey, from the North East
(?) 1796
Medium and Support
Graphite on paper
Object Type
Outline Drawing
Subject Terms
Monastic Ruins; The Scottish Borders

Catalogue Number
Description Source(s)
Witt Library Photograph


Sotheby's, 25 July 1945, lot 3 as 'A Volume of Drawings'; bought by 'Colnaghi', £42; ... John Hurst, Lochside, Kelso

About this Work

This view of Jedburgh Abbey from the north east is known only from a poor-quality black and white photograph and it is therefore impossible to confirm the attribution to Girtin. It was found in a volume of miscellaneous drawings that appeared at auction in 1945 and that included two other Girtin sketches, Etal Castle (TG1114) and Kelso Abbey: The West Front (TG1116), that also appear to have been made by the artist on his first independent sketching tour, undertaken in 1796. Three other sketches from Girtin’s visit to Jedburgh survive (TG1226, TG1227 and TG1228), and, given that there are seven different compositions that depict the abbey’s ruins in one form or another, Girtin must have undertaken a sustained sketching campaign in the town and a substantial number of drawings may have once existed. No watercolour of this composition is known, casting further doubt on its attribution, though the fact that only two of the surviving sketches of the town and abbey relate to a final watercolour does not, on its own, disqualify the drawing from consideration as an autograph work by Girtin.

(?) 1796

Etal Castle


(?) 1796

Kelso Abbey: The West Front


(?) 1796

Jedburgh Abbey, from Jed Water


(?) 1796

Jedburgh Abbey


(?) 1796

The Village of Jedburgh, with the Abbey Ruins


by Greg Smith

Place depicted

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