Merton Fields, Oxford.

Method Etching
Artist William Crotch and James Girtin
Published London, Pubd. Septr. 1, 1810 b J. Girtin, Engraver, Printer & Publisher, 11, Charles Street, Soho Square.
Dimensions Image 233 x 336, Plate 279 x 384 mm, Sheet 294 x 502 mm.
Notes A rare soft-ground etching from William Crotch's Six Studies from Nature of Mountainous, Marine, & Rural Scenery (1809-10).

Inscribed beneath image with title, 'Drawn & Etch'd by Wm. Crotch' and 'Prepar'd & Aquafortis by Ino. Girtin'.

William Crotch (1775-1847) was a young music prodigy. He was Professor of Music at Oxford University between 1797 and 1805, and rector of the Royal Academy of Music from 1822. Whilst at Oxford, Crotch took up sketching under the supervision of drawing master John Malchair. They became a close friends, with Crotch supporting Malchair in old age when his failing sight forced him to give up teaching. (Williams, 1952, p. 91).

James Girtin (1773-1820 after) was a British engraver and printer active in London. He was the older brother of the painter and etcher Thomas Girtin, whose series of Parisian views he published. In around 1817 Girtin's stock was burnt in a fire on Broad Street.

Condition: Marks to left side of plate mark and inscription space, not affecting image.
Framing unmounted
Price £400.00
Stock ID 32746