(1775 - 1802)
Thomas Girtin was active/lived in United Kingdom, England. Thomas Girtin is known for watercolor landscape, architecure, and coastal scene painting.
Biography Thomas Girtin
1775 – London – 1802
Thomas Girtin, along with his exact contemporary JMW Turner (1775-1851), raised the status of watercolour painting from a minor genre to a powerful medium that could rival works in oil. He was born in Southwark on 18th February 1775, the son of a brush- and rope-maker of Huguenot descent. In 1788 he was apprenticed to the topographical watercolourist Edward Dayes, who taught him the traditional method of watercolour painting: making a light pencil outline, laying in the shadows with grey wash, and adding local colours, generally in pastel tones of blue, green and pink.
Girtin made finished watercolours of picturesque medieval ruins based on the pencil drawings of the antiquarian James Mo
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