The Interior of Exeter Cathedral

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The history and provenance of this work are well known. It is a particularly large example by the standard of the artist and is signed ‘Girtin’. It was sold by the artist to the linen-draper and antiquary James Moore (1762–1799), who was one of Girtin’s patrons, and it was featured in the well-known 'Art Treasures of Great Britain' exhibition staged in Manchester in 1857. It remained part of the Moore-Miller family collection until 1916 when it was sold at a Christie’s auction. It later belonged to Sir Geoffrey Harmsworth (1904–1980) and then passed through the hands of various dealers. To draw this view of the interior Girtin must have placed himself in the nave of Exeter Cathedral looking east towards the choir and altar. The scene is dominated by the soaring vaulted ceiling.

Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery



The Interior of Exeter Cathedral




watercolour and bodycolour, over graphite, on buff paper


H 44.4 x W 61.2 cm

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purchased with the assistance of the Art Fund, the Friends of RAMM and the Kent Kingdon Bequest, 2020

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Girtin at bottom left of picture


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