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Works (?) Thomas Girtin

Rhuddlan Castle

1799 - 1800

Primary Image: TG1303: (?) Thomas Girtin (1775–1802), Rhuddlan Castle, 1799–1800, watercolour and stopping out on paper, 24 × 39.5 cm, 9 ½ × 15 ½ in. Private Collection.

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(?) Thomas Girtin (1775-1802)
  • Rhuddlan Castle
1799 - 1800
Medium and Support
Watercolour and stopping out on paper
24 × 39.5 cm, 9 ½ × 15 ½ in
Object Type
Studio Watercolour
Subject Terms
Castle Ruins; North Wales; River Scenery

Catalogue Number
Description Source(s)
Auction Catalogue


Guy Bellingham-Smith (1865–1949); James Leslie Wright (1862–1954) (lent to Birmingham, 1938); then by descent to Veronica Williamson (Mrs Dorian Williamson, née Wright) (d.1976); Sotheby’s, 24 November 1977, lot 113 as 'Attributed to Thomas Girtin'

Exhibition History

Birmingham, 1938, no.109; Worcester, 1938, no.36; Birmingham, 1939, no.198; London, 1949, no.189

About this Work

This watercolour of Rhuddlan Castle is known only from a black and white photograph published when the work was sold at auction in 1977 as ‘Attributed to Thomas Girtin’. The work would have been well known to Thomas Girtin (1874–1960) from its time in the collection of James Leslie Wright (1862–1954), and its omission from the catalogue of Girtin’s watercolours that the artist’s descendant produced with David Loshak in 1954 is a clear indication that he did not think that it was an autograph work (Girtin and Loshak, 1954). As far as I can tell, there is nothing to link a carelessly produced and weakly drawn watercolour to Girtin, other than the subject and the fact that it appears to have been executed roughly around 1800.

by Greg Smith

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