Thomas Girtin, 1775-1802, was an English painter, a friend and rival of Turner
; he played a key role in establishing watercolour as a reputable art form. The early Thomas Girtin paintings of landscapes were akin to topographical sketches, but in later years he developed a bolder, more spacious, romantic style, which had a lasting influence on English painting. He abandoned the practice of undershadowing in grey wash and then adding pastel patches of colour. The British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum have collections of Thomas Girtin art. -- The Copyright of Scripts is Reserved by Toperfect.