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Landscape with House (House on the Moor)

Thomas Girtin died at a tragically young age, prompting Turner to quip that “If Tom Girtin had lived, I would have starved.” He was a leading members of a sketching society known as the Brothers, which helped to transform the watercolor medium into an esteemed art form. With the exception of a late series of views of Paris, including a print in the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art’s collection (Eskenazi Museum of Art 70.35.18), Girtin worked in the British Isles. He made frequent sketching trips to North Wales, the Lake District, Yorkshire, and the West Country.

Described by Alfred Mansfield Brooks, the first professor of Indiana University’s School of Fine Arts (originally called the Department of Freehand and Mechanical Drawing), as representing one of the best of the young Girtin’s many good sides, this monochromatic drawing has a simple, quiet grandeur in contrast to the picturesque formula found in much of eighteenth-century art.

Thomas Girtin
English, 1775–1802
Landscape with House (House on the Moor)
ca. 1798–1800
Brown ink wash and watercolor over graphite on paper
Image/sheet: 8 9/16 x 12 ½ in. (21.8 x 31.8 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, former Fine Arts Collection, 68.129