A beached fishing vessel unloading its catch signed 'E.W.Cooke' and dated 1858 (lower left), signed 'Van Kook' (on stern of boat) oil on panel 33.5 x 52.2cm (13 3/16 x 20 9/16in).
PROVENANCE : Rachel Beer Sale, Christie's London, 22nd.July 1927, lot 58 (bought Burton Jones, 17 Gns.)
EXHIBITED : London, British Institution, 1858, no. 121 (price 50 Gns) Glasgow, Glasgow Art Union, 1859
LITERATURE : John Munday E.W.Cooke, (Woodbridge, Suffolk, 1996), page 335, no. 57/2, as 'Scheveling (sic) calm, on old sky : Dutch shore, a still day after stormy weather'.
Also 'signed' 'Van Kook' on stern of the main vessel. 'The device of putting one's name in a picture, apart from the signature was common enough.......'Van Kook' appears on the bows of his Scheveningen fishing boats very frequently, a playful reminder that every Dutchman was 'van' something or other and that he wanted to be counted as one of them.' (op cit page 124).