• A Cottage on a River, Norwich -

    Signed lower left: Thirtle Norwich/1828

    Watercolour over pencil

    18.5 by 24.2 cm., 7 ¼ by 9 ½ in.


    This is a typical late work by Thirtle which have `a brilliancy of colour and an angularity of block-like forms’ (see Marjorie Allthorpe-Guyton, John Thirtle – Drawings in Norwich Castle Museum, 1977, p.24). It is also typical in the combined subject matter of old buildings and water, subjects which always appealed to him.


    Apart from his brother-in-law John Sell Cotman, `Thirtle was by far the best watercolourist among the Norwich artists’ (Huon Mallalieu, The Dictionary of British Watercolour Artists up to 1920, 2002, vol. II, p.212). Born in Norwich, he was apprenticed to a London framer, returning to Norwich in circa 1800 and setting up in business as a framer as well as an artist and drawing tutor. He was a founder of the Norwich Society in 1803 and exhibited from 1805. 

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