William Collins
Early Morning - Cromer 1845–6

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William Collins 1788–1847
Early Morning - Cromer
Date 1845–6
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 978 x 1270 mm
Acquisition Bequeathed by Lord Cheylesmore 1902
Not on display

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In 1815 Collins visited Norfolk and made sketches of the coastline and local life. In the following year he also sketched at Hastings on the south coast. These trips provided him with the material he needed to attract new patrons.

This late example was praised by the art critic John Ruskin for the truth of its atmospheric effect. Collins evokes the chill of early morning by the dramatic contrast of the pale yellow sunrise with the gloomy shadows in the clouds and foreground.

February 2004

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