Almost inevitably when one of Girtin’s watercolours has been engraved, a number of copies of the composition exist. The version by Amelia Long, Lady Farnborough (1772–1837) (see figure 2), may have been made after one of the mezzotints, as she is not otherwise known to have had access to the original, whilst the anonymous copy in the collection of Oldham Art Gallery could possibly be by Reynolds (see figure 1).2 As Girtin’s representative, Reynolds would have owned the drawing briefly and he may have made a copy of it as part of the process of engraving the work as a mezzotint, though the watercolour appears to be below his professional standards. Reynolds’ posthumous sale included an item titled ‘Kirkstall Abbey’, which, since it was unsold at 10s, could have been this poor-quality copy (Exhibitions: Christie’s, 18 April 1836, no.176).
Kirkstall Abbey, from the Canal, Evening
1798 - 1799
A Mountain View, near Beddgelert
1800 - 1801
A View on the River Wharfe