Primrose Hill, London

Primrose Hill, London



Thomas Girtin (1775-1802)
Primrose Hill, London

Inscribed verso:
Primrose Hill coloured on the spot by/Girtin
watercolour over pencil on oatmeal paper
19.7 by 48.7 cm., 7 ¾ by 19 in.

With Colnaghi, London, 1947;
Ray Livingston Murphy, New York, by 1950, his sale, Christie's, 19
th November 1985, lot 35;
Private Collection, London, until 2014

T. Girtin and D. Loshak, The Art of Thomas Girtin, 1954, no. 416, p. 191

New Haven, Yale University Art Gallery, Prospects, 1950, no. 18, pl. 9b

This is dateable to circa 1800, the year in which Girtin married Mary Ann Borrett and was living in his father-in-law's house at 11 Scott's Place, Islington. Primrose Hill was a rather neglected, undeveloped area owned by Eton College until it became Crown Property in 1842 and became an area for leisure and recreation.