I did not speak of my own recollection of Girtin's panorama; my memory cannot reach so far back.
He founded his style very much on that of his friend and contemporary Girtin, the water-colour painter.
Both delighted in a golden yellowness of tone which it is probable Girtin had originated.
It was my father who does perfectly remember Girtin's semicircular panorama.
In looking at it we can realize what Turner meant when he said that he could never make drawings like Girtin.
The rest of his power he cultivated himself, being much helped by the early companionship of Girtin.
Girtin, during his short career, had no selfish ideas of keeping his knowledge of painting to himself.
Girtin, who saw Nature as she is, and painted what he saw, delighted in this effect of sunlight and shadow.
Had he lived to mature years, Girtin would have been a powerful rival to Turner.
They were most excellent friends, and when Girtin died in Rome, Turner was one of his most sincere mourners.