Ruins of Saint Augustine's Priory, Canterbury

Maker

(artist)
1775-1802

Title

Ruins of Saint Augustine's Priory, Canterbury

Date of Production

(circa) 1795 - 1798

Medium

graphite, pen and brown ink and watercolour on laid paper

Dimensions

Height: 32.2 cm
Width: 24 cm

Accession Number

D.1967.WS.49

Mode of Acquisition

William Wycliffe Spooner, bequest, 1967

Credit

The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust)

Location

Not currently on display

Keywords




Label Text

Thomas Girtin came into contact with a broad circle of antiquarians specialising in British medieval architecture through his work for James Moore, author of Monastic Remains and Ancient Castles in England and Wales (1791-3). He was employed to produce independent watercolours of sketches made by Moore on his travels, many of them depicting ruined ecclesiastical buildings such as this. As there is no evidence that Girtin ever visited Canterbury, this view could be another location, drawn after one of Moore’s drawings sketched elsewhere in Britain.

Provenance

James Moore (1762-1799); by descent in the Moore-Miller Collection; Victor Rienaecker (1887- after 1957), by June 1935; Guy D. Harvey Samuel, London (1887-1960); his property exhibited at Fine Art Society’s (London) Spring 1960 selling exhibition; purchased there by Mr and Mrs William Wycliffe Spooner, Ilkley (1882-1967), 27 April 1960 (£675); Spooner Bequest 1967

Exhibition History

Fortieth exhibition - early English water-colours and drawings., Fine Art Society, London, 1960 (Spring)

British Watercolours from the Spooner Collection, Huntington Museum of Art, Los Angeles, 12/02/2005-15/05/2005; Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere, 18/07/2005-23/10/2005; Hermitage Rooms, Somerset House (Courtauld), London, 16/11/2005-12/02/2006

A Passion for Drawings, Collectors at the Courtauld, Courtauld Gallery, London, 28/02/2002-09/06/2002 ...More

English Landscape Drawings and Watercolours, Courtauld Gallery, London, 01/06/1979-01/09/1979

Exhibition of Drawings and Watercolours from the Spooner and Witt Collections, Australia, New Zealand, 1976-78

The William Spooner Collection and Bequest, Courtauld Gallery, London, 1974

English Watercolours: The Spooner Collection and Bequest, City Art Gallery, Bristol, 11/05/1973-02/06/1973

Masters of the Watercolour - Watercolours from the Spooner
Collection
, Holburne Museum of Art, Bath, 1969

The William Spooner Collection and Bequest, Courtauld Gallery, London, 01/04/1968-01/07/1968

An exhibition of English drawings and water-colours, with special reference to Thomas Girtin (1775-1802), Ernest Brown & Phillips, London, 1912 ...Less

Literature

The Spooner Collection of British Watercolours, Courtauld Institute Galleries; Huntington Library; Wordsworth Trust, 2005-06
ill. on p. 175
cat. no. 51

English Landscape Drawings and Watercolours, Courtauld Gallery, London, 1979
cat. no. 38

Exhibition of Drawings and Watercolours from the Spooner and Witt Collections, Australia, New Zealand, 1976 - 1978
cat. no. 33 ...More

The William Spooner Collection and Bequest, Courtauld Gallery, London, 1974
pl. IV
cat. no. 31

English Watercolours: The Spooner Collection and Bequest, City Art Gallery, Bristol, 1973
ill. (unpag.)
cat. no. 31

Masters of the Watercolour - Watercolours from the Spooner Collection, Holburne Museum of Art, Bath, 1969
cat. no. 36

The William Spooner Collection and Bequest, Courtauld Gallery, London, 1968
cat. no. 52

Girtin, Thomas and David Loshak, The art of Thomas Girtin: with a catalogue and 109 illustrations, London, 1954
no. 130

Davies, Randall, Thomas Girtin's water-colours, London, 1924
Fig. p. pl. 10 ...Less

Inscriptions

Watermark: Watermark: none.

Inscription: Backing sheet (removed, but mounted with the drawing): lower right, graphite, not the artist's hand per Greg Smith: “St Augustine's Canterbury / Girtin / 1798 June 27th”; lower left, graphite: “Bar”. Mount (removed, cut down and in object file), Recto: graphite: “St Augustine’s Canterbury / Thos Girtin RWS / Inscribed on Back Girtin 1798 June 27th / Illustrated in Thos Girtin’s watercolours by / Randall Davies Plate 10. From the / Victor Reinaecker Collection / 25. 30/6/35.”. Verso: graphite: “38”.

Collector's mark: none.

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