Thomas Girtin's depiction of Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland. The stormy sky, rocky and run down tower dominates this coastal scene, with figures and seagulls only acknowledged on close inspection.
Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland
54.9 x 45.1 cm
Watercolour, gouache and pencil on paper
Date of work
Original: Watercolour, guache and pencil on paper, 54.9 x 45.1 cm ® Tate, London
English painter Thomas Girtin, renowned for his watercolour landscapes. Girtin's early style was influenced by his teacher, the topographical watercolourist Edward Dayes. Girtin's mature style using dramatic light and shade introduced a new force into watercolour painting, enhancing its status and giving it a more competitive edge with oil painting.