George   Cuitt, the Younger

(1779 - 1854)

The only son of the painter of the same name, was born at Richmond, in Yorkshire, in 1779. He followed his father's profession from his youth, and added to it the art of etching, which he developed with great success, being induced to do so by a careful study of Piranesi's 'Roman Antiquities.' He went to Chester, where he became a teacher of drawing, and published, in 1810 and 1811, 'Six Etchings of Saxon and other Buildings remaining at Chester,' 'Six Etchings of Old Buildings in Chester,' and 'Six Etchings of Picturesque Buildings in Chester,' and, in 1815, five etchings for a 'History of Chester.' About 1820, having realized a certain competence by his labours, he retired from the more active duties of his profession, and built himself a house at Masham, near Richmond, from whence he published his 'Yorkshire Abbeys,' and in 1848, his collected works, under the title of 'Wanderings and Pencillings amongst the Ruins of Olden Times.' These etchings exhibit considerable talent, verve, originality, and truth. His death occurred at Masham in 1854.

Bryan's Dictionary of Painters and Engravers, by Michael Bryan, edited by Robert Edmund Graves and Sir Walter Armstrong, 1886–1889.


July 15. At Belle Vue, Masham, Yorkshire, in his 75th year, George Cultt, esq. a gentleman well-known to connoisseurs in the art world by his numerous etchings of "Old Buildings," "Abbeys in Yorkshire," etc. His excellent views of the old buildings in Chester are favourable specimens of his art.

Mr. Cuitt was born in 1779, at Richmond in Yorkshire, and was the only son of an artist of ability, who had studied abroad as a portrait-painter, but on his return home turned his attention to landscape-painting with success. From his earliest years, Mr. Cuitt devoted himself to his father's profession, and his sketches soon gave promise of talent.

A fine collection of Piranesi's etchings, which his father had brought from Rome, imbued him with much of that artist's spirit; this he very happily adapted to the subjects of his pencil, and portrayed the mediaeval ruins of his native county with something of the same force which had distinguished Piranesi's Roman antiquities. He was however, far from being a mere copyist; and rivalling, as his etchings certainly did, those of his prototype for vigour and depth, they are full of originality and poetic feeling, and less tainted with mannerism and affectation.

We find his earliest published works, which represent some of the ecclesiastical remains of the city of Chester, where he was then resident, are dated in the years 1810 and 1811. His first publication, we believe, consisted in five etchings contributed to a small "History of Chester," printed in octavo, 1815. In 1816, he published in folio a volume consisting of,
1. Six etchings of Saxon and Gothic buildings remaining in Chester;
2. Six etchings of Old Buildings in Chester; and
3. Six etchings of Picturesque Cottages, Sheds, etc. in Cheshire..

A few years of arduous application in teaching and etching enabled Mr. Cuitt, at the age of forty, to realise an independence, and to give up the more laborious part of his profession; he retired to his native county, and built himself a house at Masham, where he resided for the rest of his days, uniting the pursuit of horticulture with that of art, and occasionally publishing fresh works, amongst which are some of very considerable merit. His "Yorkshire Abbeys" are especially chefs d'aeuvrra of art. In 1848, the copyright of his works was purchased by Mr. Nattali, who collected them into a handsome folio, which he published under the title of Wanderings and Pencillings amongst the Ruins of Olden Time, and which we believe is now out of print.

Gentleman's Magazine, and Historical Chronicle, for the Year 1854, By Sylvanus Urban, Gent., Volume (XLII), July to December (inclusive), MVCCCLIV, 1854.

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