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Works Thomas Girtin after (?) Edward Dayes

The Interior of a Ruined Abbey Church

(?) 1794


Thomas Girtin (1775-1802) after (?) Edward Dayes (1763-1804)
  • The Interior of a Ruined Abbey Church
(?) 1794
Medium and Support
Watercolour on paper
14 × 19.1 cm, 5 ½ × 7 ½ in


Object Type
Copy from an Unknown Source; Studio Watercolour
Subject Terms
Monastic Ruins; Unidentified Topographical View

Catalogue Number
Girtin & Loshak Number
75 as 'Probably after Dayes'; '1794'
Description Source(s)
Girtin and Loshak, 1954


Max Saunders (Girtin and Loshak, 1954)

About this Work

Thomas Girtin (1874–1960) and David Loshak dated this signed work to 1794 and suggested that it was probably made after a composition by Girtin’s master, Edward Dayes (1763–1804). No image of the work seems to exist and, since it has not been exhibited, the only details we have come from the 1954 catalogue, for which the work was presumably seen by Thomas Girtin when it was in the possession of Max Saunders, an otherwise unrecorded collector. It was then described as a view from ‘the middle of the roofless chancel looking towards the decorated E. window, from which most of the tracery has gone; two men in foreground, one sitting on a stone’ (Girtin and Loshak, 1954, p.143).

by Greg Smith

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