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Works Thomas Girtin

Norham Castle

1797 - 1798


Thomas Girtin (1775-1802)
  • Norham Castle
1797 - 1798
Medium and Support
Watercolour on paper
41 × 56.5 cm, 16 ⅛ × 22 ¼ in
Object Type
Studio Watercolour
Subject Terms
Castle Ruins; Durham and Northumberland

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


Charles James Pooley (1836–1900) (lent to London, 1875); his sale, Christie’s, 6 March 1880, lot 31; bought by Grundy & Smith, £36 15s

Exhibition History

London, 1875, no.1


Girtin and Loshak, 1954, p.209

About this Work

This watercolour has not been seen in public since it appeared at auction in 1880, consigned from the distinguished collection of Charles James Pooley (1836–1900). The work sold for a similar price to that achieved by other major works from the Pooley collection, including A Distant View of Guisborough Priory (TG1699) (Exhibitions: Christie’s, 6 March 1880, lot 90), and, at a sizeable 16 ½ × 22 ¼ in (41.9 × 56.5 cm), it may be that the work was the last appearance of a significant work derived from Girtin’s 1796 tour of the northern counties. The Girtin Archive (28) includes correspondence with a Mr L. S. Baldwyn, dating from 1967, who claimed that he had the missing work, though it had now been cut down to a smaller ‘13 ¾ × 20’. Tom Girtin (1913–94) was not convinced by the argument, and Girtin’s view of Norham Castle in Northumberland, if it was by him, remains untraced.

1800 - 1801

A Distant View of Guisborough Priory; The Tithe Barn, Abbotsbury


by Greg Smith

Place depicted

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