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Works Peter De Wint

Lincoln Cathedral, Viewed from Below

(?) 1810

Primary Image: TG1013: Peter De Wint (1784–1849), Lincoln Cathedral, Viewed from Below, (?) 1810, graphite, watercolour and pen and ink on paper, 44.5 × 58.4 cm, 17 ½ × 23 in. Towneley Hall Art Gallery & Museum.

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Peter De Wint (1784-1849)
  • Lincoln Cathedral, Viewed from Below
(?) 1810
Medium and Support
Graphite, watercolour and pen and ink on paper
44.5 × 58.4 cm, 17 ½ × 23 in
Object Type
Studio Watercolour
Subject Terms
Gothic Architecture: Cathedral View

Catalogue Number
Description Source(s)
Wilcox, 2008


Charles James Pooley (1836–1900) (lent to London, 1875; London, 1877); his sale, Christie’s, 6 March 1880, lot 94 as by Thomas Girtin; bought by 'Hogarth', £62; Miss Rollins; bought from her by Thos. Agnew & Sons, 17 April 1916 (stock no.8404); bought by the Museum, 21 November 1919, £230

Exhibition History

London, 1875, no.7 as by Thomas Girtin; London, 1877, no.314; Agnew’s, 1919, no.7 as 'Query, an early De Wint'


Finberg, 1919, pp.26–27; Girtin and Loshak, 1954, p.209 as by Thomas Girtin; Wilcox, 2008, pp.50–51 as by Peter De Wint

About this Work

This view of Lincoln Cathedral from the south was included in two early exhibitions as by Girtin, and was listed as an untraced work by the artist in Thomas Girtin (1874–1960) and David Loshak’s 1954 catalogue (Girtin and Loshak, 1954, p.209). However, as Timothy Wilcox has clearly demonstrated, it was produced by a young Peter De Wint (1784–1849), confirming the earlier doubts of Alexander Finberg (Finberg, 1919, pp.26–27; Wilcox, 2008, pp.50–51). In retrospect, it is difficult to see how the attribution remained unchallenged for so long, since not only is the style of the work, with its bold outlining in pen and ink, alien to Girtin’s approach, but also the view shows the cathedral’s western towers without the characteristic spires that feature in the older artist’s views of Lincoln (such as TG1008), which were removed around 1808, six years after his death.


Lincoln Cathedral, from the West


by Greg Smith

Place depicted

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