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Thomas Girtin, 1775–1802

View of the Waterworks at Marly, and St. Germain-en-Laye seen in the distance

Former Title(s):

View of the Water Works at Marli and St. Germaine-en-Laye seen in the Distance

Soft-ground etching with graphite corrections in artist's hand on medium, slightly textured, cream wove paper
Sheet: 8 7/16 x 20 3/4 inches (21.4 x 52.7 cm), Image: 5 13/16 x 18 3/8 inches (14.8 x 46.7 cm)

Inscribed in graphite, lower right: "C 15" On accompanying board: inscribed in black ink, upper left: "Proof of etched state of Girtin's "Views in Paris", 1803."; in black ink, left: "'View of the Water Works at Marli, and St. Germain en Laye| seen in the distance.'| note mark or correction on [line] of hills, | and a line [lending] down from building at top| of hill on left hand's to a note having been| written below.| M.H.| May [07]."'; in grey ink, center: "N.B. This is a unique plate, never published.-- although it has etched publication line. | It is a fresh plate of the subject; considerately improved, in comparison with the used working proof at S.K.| There are several obvious points of diff."; below, an illustration of the left hand part of the image with the note: "A bird here in sky in S.K. pubd. aquat."; below, an illustration of the left riverbank with the note: "River bank: double| line going through left| tree, in S.K. copy.."; and left, an illustration of the same riverbank with the note: "In mine single line. + trees shaded."; and below, an illustration of the right bank with the note: "At bend of river the lone narrow| [shil] in S.K. wkg. proof + [finishd.] aquat.| This proof differs. : + <...> many other details."; and in grey ink, upper right: "The S.K. working proof was a faluire, the right-hand| side entirely underbitten. Obviously this new plate| made to take its place. Short suggests that| very possibly this new plate was spoiled by the| aquatinte

Recto, lower right: "Etch'd Drawn & Pubd Sept 2, 1802 by T. Girtin Johnington"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
architectural subject | bridge (built work) | cattle | grass | hill | landscape | water mill
Associated Places:
Acqueduct of Louveciennes | Europe | France | Louveciennes | Marly-le-Roi | Saint-Germain-en-Laye | Seine | Yvelines | Île-de-France
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