Thomas Girtin 1775-1802： 'The White House at Chelsea' 1800
ARTWORK OF THE WEEK: Thomas Girtin, 'The White House at Chelsea' 1800, Tate collection.
Girtin's most celebrated work, this piece was much admired by Turner. According to an anecdote, 'A dealer went one day to Turner, and after looking round at all his drawings in the room, had the audacity to say, I have a drawing out there in my hackney coach, finer than any of yours. Turner bit his lip, looked first angry, then meditative. At length he broke silence: Then I tell you what it is. You have got Tom Girtin's White House at Chelsea'.
Thomas Girtin was an English painter and etcher. A friend and rival of J. M. W. Turner, Girtin played a key role in establishing watercolour as a reputable art form. Wikipedia