Girtin, Thomas (1775 - 1802)
A Landscape with a Distant Church. Pencil and monochrome wash. Signed. Provenance: Dr Thomas Monro (1759-1833); ... Christie's, 27 March 1936, lot 1 as one of 'Six other Sepia Drawings of Landscapes and Sky Studies'; bought by Thos. Agnew & Sons; Norman Dakeyne Newall (1888-1952); his widow, Leslia Newall (d.1979); Christie's, 14 December 1979, lot 249 (part). Literature: Greg Smith, 'Thomas Girtin: The Art of Watercolour', Tate, 2002, Cat No. 27, p.47; Greg Smith, 'Thomas Girtin (1775-1802): An Online Catalogue, Archive and Introduction to the Artist', Cat no. TG0185. 4.25x7.75 inches. Framed: 10.75x13.5 inches.

In his catalogue raisonné, Greg Smith suggests that this is an imaginary scene. The presence of the signature may be evidence that, even at this early date, Girtin had discovered a market for his sketches that extended to works of the imagination.

This work appears in the Exhibition: BRITISH WORKS ON PAPER 2024