Charles Brooking (British, 1723-1759) A Merchant Snow, two of the King's Ships-of-War, a Lugger and a Cutter all in close proximity in the Channel
Lot 118
Charles Brooking
(British, 1723-1759)
A Merchant Snow, two of the King's Ships-of-War, a Lugger and a Cutter all in close proximity in the Channel
Sold for £80,500 (US$ 130,043) inc. premium

Lot Details
Charles Brooking (British, 1723-1759) A Merchant Snow, two of the King's Ships-of-War, a Lugger and a Cutter all in close proximity in the Channel
Charles Brooking (British, 1723-1759)
A Merchant Snow, two of the King's Ships-of-War, a Lugger and a Cutter all in close proximity in the Channel
signed 'C. Brooking' on the lugger in the middle foreground
oil on canvas
49.5 x 79.5cm (19 1/2 x 31 5/16in).

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Mr. and Mrs. Baussey
    with Richard Green Fine Paintings Ltd., 1987
    J. W. Robertson Esq. 1994 (bought from the above together with lot 119, as a pair)

    Exhibited
    Richard Green Fine Paintings Ltd. Exhibition of British Marine paintings, 1987, no.5

    Literature
    Richard Green Fine Paintings Ltd. Exhibition of British Marine paintings, 1987, no.5 illustrated in colour
    David Joel, Charles Brooking 1723-1759 and the 18th Century British Marine Painters, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 2000, no.281, p.163

    In his 'Dictionary of Sea Painters', first published in 1980, the late Edward 'Teddy' Archibald wrote that 'No painter of the second generation [the Van de Veldes and their contemporaries being the first generation] of British marine artists contributed so much to the emergence of a national style as did Brooking, and no painter, then or after, did it better.'

    It is hard to dispute this statement with regard to the painting included in this lot as it shows all the elements of a particularly fine example of Brooking's work. His usual division of about three-quarters sky to one quarter sea are both painted with equal care and attention, and the former is crowded with an eclectic array of vessels, both large and small. In the left foreground, a warship – probably a sixth rate mounting 20 guns – is seen beating up the Channel whilst a lugger, apparently carrying several well-dressed passengers huddled in her stern, heads inshore on an opposite tack. On the right - and heeling to starboard in the stiff breeze - is a snow-rigged merchantman (see following paragraph), with a fast cutter closing her stern, perhaps in pursuit, bearing some forgotten item of cargo or a late passenger who had missed her departure? With these to frame the composition, numerous other craft fade into the distance as the viewer's gaze is drawn slowly down the Channel and beyond. In fact, with the faintest hint of the south coast just visible on the far right, this work could easily be seen as a perfect analogy of England's growing maritime supremacy as the eighteenth century approached its mid-point and the artist the end of his life.

    A snow was a two-masted square-rigger, usually no larger than 1,000 tons, very similar to a conventional brig except that the mainsail was carried on a light, auxiliary 'snow' mast immediately abaft the mizzen mast. Developed for its usefulness in simplifying sail handling, the gaff supported on this 'snow' mast was often loose footed.


    Works by Brooking are in the collections of the National Gallery, Dublin (1), Glasgow Museum and Art Gallery (1), National Maritime Museum, Greenwich (21), Ferens Art Gallery, Kingston-upon-Hull (1), Tate Britain (2) and the Yale Centre for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut (7).
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