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Figures by a Country Cottage

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Born in Durham, Pearson moved to London and exhibited at the RA for the first time in 1799. He was a founder member of the Watercolour Society in 1804, despite being based in Shrewsbury between 1802 and 1808. He later returned to his native Durham and is listed in an 1834 Directory as a ‘landscape artist and drawing master’.

Throughout his career, his style was deeply influenced by Thomas Girtin, as evidenced by the present watercolour. Indeed he seems to have tried to benefit from this similarity. Girtin and Loshak note that apparently ‘Pearson was certainly guilty of one fraudulent transaction, and it is not unlikely that he helped put spurious Girtins on the market, probably assisted by Girtin’s brother John’ (Girtin and Loshak, The Art of Thomas Girtin, 1954, p. 123).

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