- Thomas Girtin (1775-1802)
- The Interior of St Albans Abbey
- Medium and Support
- Graphite and watercolour on wove paper
- 54.8 × 42 cm, 21 ⅝ × 16 ½ in
‘Thos Girtin -96’ lower right, by Thomas Girtin
Charles Hampden Turner (1772-1856); Christie’s, 9 June 1873, lot 204 as 'Interior of Winchester Cathedral "1796"’; bought by 'Noseda', £72 9s; bought by Edward Cohen (1816–87), £84 (lent to London, 1875); then by bequest to his niece, Annie Sophia Poulter (c.1846–1924); then by descent to Edward Alexander Poulter (1883–1973); Thos. Agnew & Sons, 1931 (stock no.1226); Lt-Col Kenneth Morland Agnew (1886–1951); his sale, Sotheby's, 25 November 1942, lot 9a; bought by the Fine Art Society, London, £350; Edwin Leach Hartley (1864–1954); bequeathed to the Museum, 1954
Royal Academy, London, 1797, no.428 as ’Inside of St. Alban’s Cathedral Church’; London, 1875, no.98 as ’Interior of Winchester Cathedral’ and wrongly dated ’1795’; Agnew’s, 1931, no.122 as ’Interior of St Alban’s Cathedral’; Agnew’s, 1936, no.91; Agnew’s, 1939, no.153; Agnew’s, 1953a, no.72; London, 2002, no.48
The Builder, 5 June 1875; London News, 7 February 1953
- 1 I have yet to see the work in Boston, but the image supplied by the Museum is a good one.
- 2 Many thanks to Rob Piggott at the Archives of the Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban for providing access to the work and for help with drafting this text.
- 3 James Grimston, 3rd Viscount Grimston (1747–1808) would be the obvious candidate, but nothing so far has linked him directly with Girtin.
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