George Cuitt; ‘Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds’, 1823
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Kirkstall Abbey; north-west of Leeds city centre in West Yorkshire.
George Cuitt, the younger; 1779-1854, The only son of the landscape and portrait painter George Cuit. George junior (he added the extra "t" to his surname to disinguish him from his father) was an etcher and painter who showed an early talent for drawing, and was helped by Sir Laurence Dundas of Aske, who sent him to Rome to study. On his return he settled at Richmond, where he painted both landscapes and portraits but moved later to Chester.
He etched old buildings in Yorkshire, Chester and North Wales and studied Piranesi's etchings of Rome, this influence can be seen in his artwork. His etchings were also collected and published under the title of 'Wanderings and Pencillings amongst the ruins of Olden Times' in 1848.
A fine etching which has bright and unfaded detail in black ink, the image size measuring approximately 24 cms. x 28 cms. (9¼ x 11 ins.) within a strong but worn platemark and impression on an early laid paper sheet size of 33 cms. x 47 cms. (13 x 18 ins.) with full margins.
Signed and dated in the image.
Unmounted and unframed, the condition of the image and sheet is very good with handling marks condusive with age.