In the early nineteenth century Yarmouth, like Brighton, became a favoured middle-class resort, and was often painted by Norwich School artists, such as Crome and Cotman (see the Romantic Landscape exhibition). It is not known whether Constable ever visited Yarmouth himself, but this subject was evidently popular with collectors, as he made three, slightly different versions of the scene. One of them was acquired by his doctor, Robert Gooch who, according to Constable, used to place it ‘on the sopha while he breakfasted, as he used to say, on the seashore enjoying its breezes’.
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