Edward William Cooke

Dutch Boats in a Calm

1843, exhibited 1844

Medium
Oil paint on mahogany
Dimensions
Support: 422 x 686 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Robert Vernon 1847
Reference
N00447

Display caption

Cooke's reputation as a marine painter was established from the time he first exhibited at the British Institution in 1835. In 1837, he made his first trip to Holland. After that his shipping scenes began more obviously to reflect the influence of seventeenth-century Dutch painters. This picture was begun after a three month trip to Holland between July and September 1843. He painted it at the Kent home of William Wells, who was a prominent collector of British art. Vernon purchased it in 1844, having previously bought from Cooke in 1836. Cooke seems to have worked on two other pictures for Vernon, in 1840 and 1842, though neither entered his collection.

Gallery label, April 1993