River at Norwich, Anonymous, British, 19th century, Watercolor

River at Norwich

Anonymous, British, 19th century
Formerly attributed to Thomas Girtin (British, London 1775–1802 London)
early 19th century
Sheet: 12 3/4 × 18 3/4 in. (32.4 × 47.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1907
Accession Number:
Not on view
This work came to the Museum as a watercolor by Thomas Girtin, but is now thought to be a copy. It may have been produced at one of the regular evening gatherings hosted by Dr. Thomas Monro in his house in the Adelphi near the Strand. A collector, patron and physician, he invited artists to study watercolors by John Robert Cozens, John Henderson, Edward Dayes and often employed young artists--Girtin and J.M.W. Turner among them--to trace fine examples and add colored washes. The authorship of most "Monro School" works remains open to debate.
Inscription: Inscribed lower right: "T. Girtin" [forged]
C. J. Pooley (British), in 1880; Newton Robinson (British); Vendor: Shepherd Brothers Vendor: Through Roger Eliot Fry
Roger Eliot Fry "Drawings." in The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, vol. 2, no. 12, December 1907, As by Thomas Girtin., pp. 201-202.

Anne Carlisle English Drawings: XIX Century. Hyperion Press, New York, [1950], As by Thomas Girtin., p. 22, ill.

Andrew Wilton "The 'Monro School' question: some answers" Turner Studies. Vol. 4, no. 2, 1984.