Charles Brooking

Fishing Smacks Becalmed near a Shore

Artist
Charles Brooking c.1723–1759
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 273 x 838 mm
frame: 450 x 1020 x 100 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Bequeathed by Rev. Richard G. Maul 1896
Reference
N01475

Not on display

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One of the most characteristic features of eighteenth-century British art was the development of marine, animal and topographical painting. Marine painting reached a very high standard, largely because it was modelled on sophisticated Dutch sea painting. British marine painters aimed to give their work greater realism. Brooking, for example, travelled extensively at sea. The details of his ships and rigging are always correct.

Where most marine painters used brown underpaint, Brooking painted on a light ground which makes his pictures particularly luminous and atmospheric.

Gallery label, September 2004

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