Johan Frederik Cornelis Scherrewitz (Dutch, 1868-1951)
Fishermen on the beach signed 'JScherrewitz' (lower right) oil on canvas 80.5 x 125.5cm (31 11/16 x 49 7/16in).
Property from a private Scottish collection.
Provenance: Aitken Dott, From where purchased by Andrew Arthur Rose Esq, 26 Regent St, Edinburgh; thence by descent.
Born in Amsterdam in 1868, Johan Scherrewitz came from an artistic family, his mother who was French, was related to the painter Antoine Renou (1731-1806). His family had hoped he would follow in the footsteps of his father and become a stockbroker, but he insisted on training as an artist and initially took classes from a drawing teacher at Velsen, before studying under the landscape painter Geo.J.H.Poggenbeek (1853-1903). Scherrewitz worked in Amsterdam until 1902, then he moved to Haarlem for two years, before settling in Hilversum, 30 kms south of Amsterdam. He travelled extensively to the eastern and southern regions of Holland producing numerous sketches, but he excelled in depicting scenes showing the traditional craft of the coastal dwellers as they worked on the beaches and among the dunes along the North Sea coastline. He was a member of the St. Luke's Academy in Amsterdam and the 'Arti et Amicitiae', a society of visual artists and art lovers founded in 1839. Scherrewitz's reputation spread beyond the shores of his native Holland and he exhibited at the Royal Academy in London in 1907, in Liverpool in 1909 and at The Royal Scottish Academy in 1916. His work would have had particular resonance with Scottish artists of the period who were highly influenced by the artists of the Hague School.