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Works (?) Thomas Girtin

The Cloisters of Chester Cathedral

1798 - 1799


(?) Thomas Girtin (1775-1802)
  • The Cloisters of Chester Cathedral
1798 - 1799
Medium and Support
Sepia on paper
23.5 × 22.9 cm, 9 ¼ × 9 in
Object Type
Colour Sketch: Studio Work
Subject Terms
Gothic Architecture: Cathedral View

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


Alfred Aspland (1815-80); his posthumous sale, Capes, Dunn, and Pilcher, Manchester, 1 May 1883, lot 151; bought by Thos. Agnew & Sons (stock no.6990) for 'H. M. Ormerod'


Girtin and Loshak, 1954, p.207

About this Work

This view of the cloisters of Chester Cathedral has not been seen in public since it was sold at auction in 1883, and there is therefore no way of confirming its authenticity. The ancient Roman city of Chester, with its fine medieval monuments, was only rarely the subject of topographical prints and watercolours at this date, though it was on one of the main routes to North Wales, a popular destination for tourists and artists alike. It is possible, therefore, that what sounds as though it might have been a monochrome sketch was produced on Girtin’s trip in the summer of 1798. A watercolour titled ‘Chester Cathedral’ was sold at Foster’s in 1858 (Exhibitions: Foster’s, 22 January 1858, lot 113).

by Greg Smith

Place depicted

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