John Crome

The Poringland Oak

c.1818–20

In Tate Britain

Artist
John Crome 1768–1821
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 1251 x 1003 mm
frame: 1670 x 1412 x 176 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1910
Reference
N02674

Display caption

Crome spent much of his life in Norfolk, drawing inspiration from the surrounding countryside. Here he depicts the open heath at Poringland. His painting centres on a large oak tree that would have been familiar to local viewers. The warm glow of the setting sun and the carefree bathers give the scene an idyllic feeling. Crome may have painted this for nostalgic reasons, as by 1819 the Poringland heath had been enclosed for over a decade.

Gallery label, October 2019

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