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George Cuitt (1779-1854): Chester’s Greatest Regency Artist

5th July @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


George Cuitt resided in Chester from 1804 to 1821. Here he launched his remarkable career as artist and etcher being called “one of the finest, in his chosen line the very finest, of our native etchers.” His published plates were judged to “have no equal in Britain and no superior in the similar school of any nation.” His depictions of the ancient buildings of Chester display a unique approach and a superb technique, bringing a quality and romantic atmosphere to the pictures of Chester unknown before his time. Alongside these labours he built up an extensive and popular practice as the foremost teacher of drawing in the city and its surroundings.

The talk by Ian Dunn, Former County Archivist of Cheshire, will expand on the theme of the vital role of the drawing master in the age before photography and the social milieu in which it flourished. The means by which Cuitt was able to earn a modest fortune in an age when provincial artists have commonly been perceived as struggling to eke out a meagre existence, will also be explored. It will be shown that Cuitt made considerable sums both from his published etchings and from his profitable teaching before retiring back to his native Yorkshire for the last thirty-three years of his life.



5th July
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Ian Dunn


Chester Town Hall
Northgate Street
Chester, CH1 2HJ
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