- (?) John Opie (1761-1807)
- Portrait Drawing of Thomas Girtin
- 1799 - 1801
- Medium and Support
- Black, white and red chalk on wove paper
- 23.1 × 18.3 cm, 9 ⅛ × 7 ¼ in
'J. Opie', lower right, by (?) John Opie; 'J. Opie. R. A. Thomas Gir [tin]... / This is a rare and unique portrait of [the] celebrated water colour artist. The / prerunner of the English School of water / colour artists. The only man whom the / Great Turner is said to have feared. / Girtin was born 1775 & died 1802. / Opie was born 1761 & died 1807. / [T]his drawing must have done about / 1800 / It is a brilliant piece of work of / [?] precision and an excellent ...' on a label attached to the frame, by an unknown hand
- Object Type
- Work on paper
- Subject Terms
- Portrait of Thomas Girtin
- Catalogue Number
- Description Source(s)
- Viewed in July 2021
Christie's, 26 May 1919, lot 43; bought by ‘Martin’, £14 14s; Francis Wellesley; his sale, Sotheby's, 27 June 1922, lot 113 as ‘Thomas Girtin, the Painter, half-length, looking to the left. Varnished water-colour’; ... Thos. Agnew & Sons (stock no.35263); Cyril and Shirley Fry; their posthumous sale, Sotheby's, 8 July 2021, lot 187, £3,024
- 1 The profile portrait of John Girtin is illustrated in Agnew’s, 2000, no.44.
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