View 1 of Lot 97. Cocklefishers at Gravelines.
View 1 of Lot 97. Cocklefishers at Gravelines.
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John Brett, A.R.A.

Cocklefishers at Gravelines

Estimate:

7,000 - 10,000 GBP

Property from a Canadian Private Collection

John Brett, A.R.A.

John Brett, A.R.A.

Cocklefishers at Gravelines

Cocklefishers at Gravelines

Estimate:

7,000 - 10,000 GBP

Property from a Canadian Private Collection

John Brett, A.R.A.

British

1831 - 1902

Cocklefishers at Gravelines


titled and dated Gravelines/ 4 July 96 lower right

oil on canvas

Unframed: 18 by 35.5cm., 7 by 14in.

Framed: 27 by 37cm., 10½ by 17½in.

The artist’s studio sale, Christie’s, London, 15 February 1902, lot 62, where bought by ‘McLean’
Rev. W. Waite
Christie’s, 23 January 1904, lot 124, bought by ‘Collings’
Bonhams, London, 6 August 1964, lot 103
G. Welby-Everard
Knight, Frank & Rutley, London, 29 June 1967, lot 16
Sotheby’s, London, 29 May 1968, lot 153
Norman Bragg
Maas Gallery, London where purchased by Lord Dayton and thence to his niece in 2003
Christiana Payne and Charles Brett, John Brett – Pre-Raphaelite Landscape Painter, 2010, p.175, p.240, cat.no.1461, illustrated p.175
In 1896 John Brett and his wife Mary went to Paris, the first time the artist had been abroad since 1870. After attending the Salon in Paris where one of John Brett’s paintings was exhibited, the Bretts travelled along the Normandy coast but little of interest inspired him. However one painting from this holiday is this delightful scene painted on the beach at Gravelines, which is unusual for depicting so many lively figures catching shrimps and gathering cockles. As has been noted; ‘The deep purple of the sky contrasts effectively with the pale sand, where the reflections in the sandpools are freely and fluently painted. This sketch, and some other works surviving from this year, show that Brett was experimenting with a modified form of Impressionism in his last years…’ (Christiana Payne and Charles Brett, John Brett – Pre-Raphaelite Landscape Painter, 2010, p.175)