Exeter from Trew’s Weir

In 1563 John Trew of Glamorgan was commissioned to construct the first canal from just below Countess Weir to rejoin the River Exe at the City Centre. The weir that maintains the water level in the quay is named after him. Thomas Girtin was one of the most innovative English watercolourists. In the 1790s he evolved a bold style in response to the dramatic scenery he encountered in Yorkshire, North Wales, and the West Country. His works demonstrate free handling, atmospheric effects and the broad massing of form and light. Girtin visited Devon between 1797 and 1799.

Object Summary

Accession Loan No.
32/1956
Category
Fine Art
Collection Class
Drawings
Medium
watercolour on cartridge paper
Common Name
Exeter from Trew’s Weir
Simple Name
drawing
Inscription Transcription
Girtin; Royal Academy London Winter exhibtion 1962 View over the River Exe at Exeter; Spink & Son Ltd King St St James’s London SW1 Thomas Girtin 1775-1802 Trew’s Weir Exeter View over the R Exe with ships and Cathedral in background size 12”x17” £750/-1-
Period Classification
George III (1760-1811)
Production Town
London
Production Country
United Kingdom: England
Production Date
c 1799
Production Person Initials
Thomas
Production Person Surname
Girtin
Production Year Low
1798
Production Year High
1800

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Exeter from Trew’s Weir