ID number: BIRBI-39.21
Institution: The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker: Crome, John Berney (1794-1842); Crome, John (1768-1821)
Title / Object name: A view near Harwich
Object type: Painting
Place made: Harwich
Date made: about 1805/7
Materials: Oil on canvas
Measurements: 114.3 x 96.5 cm unframed; 132 x 116 x 9.5 framed
Provenance: From the collection of John Bernay Crome; Edward Lombe, 1848; bequeathed to T. Wells; Miss Wells; sold in 1915 to Mr Sulley and Mr Boswell, Christie's, 1 June 1934, the property of A. J. Sulley; purchased from Messrs W. Boswell & Son, Norwich, 1939 for £900.
This painting was begun by John Crome about 1805/7, but it was overpainted by his son around 1832. The alterations were made so that it formed a pair with John Berney Crome’s Near Bury St Edmunds. The foreground and the building to the left are the only part of the elder Crome’s original still visible. The title is a traditional one and it has not been possible to identify the exact location.
Father and son were leading painters of the Norwich School who were much influenced by 17th-century Dutch landscape painting.
Notes: Exhibited: 'Exhibition of the Works of Deceased Local Artists', Norfolk and Norwich Fine Art Association, Norwich, UK, 1860, no.35; British Medical Association, Loan Collection of Norfolk and Suffolk Artists, 1874, no.1; Art Loan Exhibition in St Andrew's Hall, Norwich, UK, for funds for Restoration of St Peter Mancroft Church, 1878, no. 105; C.H. Collins states it was exhibited in Norwich in 1883 and 1894; Art Loan Exhibition in St Andrew's Hall, Norwich, for funds for St George's Club for Working Girls, 1902, no.55; 'The Romantic Windmill: The Windmill in British Art from Gainsborough to David Cox 1750-1850', Hove Museum and Art Gallery, Hove, UK, 07 March 1993 - 25 April 1993; 'The Romantic Windmill: The Windmill in British Art from Gainsborough to David Cox 1750-1850', Usher Gallery, Lincoln, UK, 01 May 1993 - 20 June 1993; 'The Romantic Windmill: The Windmill in British Art from Gainsborough to David Cox 1750-1850', Gainsborough's House, Sudbury, Suffolk, UK, 10 July - 05 September 1993