Front of the Royal Academy, Strand

  • About the work
    Location
    Country: UK
    City: London
    Place: Government Art Collection
  • About the artist
    Watercolourist Thomas Girtin was born in Southwark; the son of a brushmaker. He was apprenticed to Edward Dayes from 1789, although their quarrels may have led to Girtin being imprisoned. He toured the Midlands with James Moore in 1794 and, with Turner, copied Dr Monro’s drawings by J. R. Cozens. Girtin visited the north of England (1796), West Country (1797) and north Wales (1798). His most significant patron was Edward Lascelles, son of the Earl of Harewood. After failing to be elected associate of the Royal Academy, he travelled to Paris in 1801, staying for almost six months. His sketches of Paris were published posthumously as ‘Twenty Views in Paris…’ (1803). He exhibited a panorama of London at Spring Gardens in 1802. He died aged 27.

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    Places
    England, London
    Subjects
    Materials & Techniques
    engraving
  • Details
    Title
    Front of the Royal Academy, Strand
    Date
    2 February 1795
    Medium
    Engraving
    Acquisition
    Transferred from HM Revenue and Customs, 2017
    Provenance
    Presented to the Inland Revenue by Sir Ernest Clark, before 1929 (not part of the later Ernest Clark Bequest)
    GAC number
    0/197