Property from a Private Collection
ATTRIBUTED TO CHARLES BROOKING
London 1723 - 1759
Dutch fishing boats off a shore in a calm
oil on canvas, laid on panel
38 x 52.5 cm.; 15 x 22¾ in.
The canvas has been laid down on board, the paint surface is slightly dirty, and the varnish is discoloured. Inspection under ultraviolet light appears to reveal an absence of any intervention, save perhaps for some old retouching to a horizontal line along the right-hand margin. In overall good condition. Offered in carved and gilt wood frame with some losses to the gilding.
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Another version of this painting by Brooking, which is based on a composition by Willem van der Velde of circa 1671 (see M. Robinson, The paintings of the Willem van de Veldes, 2 vols., London 1990, vol. I, p. 444, no. 65), signed by the artist, was sold in these rooms, 26 June 1968, lot 31.(1)
1 See D. Joel, Charles Brooking and the 18th Century British Marine Painters, Woodbridge 2000, p. 126, no. 32.