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Works Unknown Artist

Lincoln Cathedral, from the River Witham

1795 - 1800

Primary Image: TG1011: An Unknown Artist, Lincoln Cathedral, from the River Witham, 1795–1800, watercolour on paper, 27.6 × 48.3 cm, 10 ⅞ × 19 in. Private Collection.

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Unknown Artist
  • Lincoln Cathedral, from the River Witham
1795 - 1800
Medium and Support
Watercolour on paper
27.6 × 48.3 cm, 10 ⅞ × 19 in
Object Type
Studio Watercolour
Subject Terms
Gothic Architecture: Cathedral View; Lincolnshire; River Scenery

Catalogue Number
Description Source(s)
Witt Library Photograph


Henry Oppenheimer (1859–1932) (lent to Lincoln, 1926); his posthumous sale, Christie's, 21 July 1936, lot 150 as by Thomas Girtin; bought by the Fine Art Society, London, £54 12s

Exhibition History

Lincoln, 1926, no.8, catalogue untraced; Fine Art Society, 1937, no.29 as by Thomas Girtin

About this Work

This view of Lincoln Cathedral from the river Witham, looking north, has not been seen in public since 1934 and is known only from a poor-quality black and white photograph. The work was not included by Thomas Girtin (1874–1960) and David Loshak in their 1954 catalogue of Girtin’s works, and it is unlikely to be an autograph work by the artist (Girtin and Loshak, 1954). The composition, showing the cathedral from the south, is reasonably close to the lost watercolour Lincoln, from the Brayford Pool (TG1010), which was engraved for Bartholomew Howlett’s A Selection of Views in the County of Lincoln (1805), and it is conceivable that it was adapted from the print, presumably by a competent amateur working broadly in Girtin’s style.

1794 - 1795

Lincoln, from the Brayford Pool


by Greg Smith

Place depicted

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