Edward William Cooke, RA (British, 1811-1880) Rembrandt's father's mill

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Lot 64
Edward William Cooke, RA
(British, 1811-1880)
Rembrandt's father's mill

Sold for £ 7,500 (US$ 10,313) inc. premium
Edward William Cooke, RA (British, 1811-1880)
Rembrandt's father's mill
signed with initials, inscribed and dated 'Rembrandt's Mill/ was erected in the year 1593, as a/ magazine for powder-on the banks/ of the "Old Rhijn" at Koukert, near/ Leyden. It was soon after converted/ into a mill, and at a time of/ Rembrandt's birth in 1606 was in/ possession of his father Herman Gerritz/ van Rhijn, from which period it has/ been constantly employed for the purpose/ of a corn mill. E.W.C. 1843' on reverse
oil on panel
19.75 x 20cm (7 3/4 x 7 7/8in).

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Thomas Garbe.
    His sale, Christie's London, 24 May 1962, lot 32, sold to Mrs A.D. Smith for 45 gns.
    Mrs. A.D.Cowan.
    with Agnews, London.
    Sale, Christie's London, 25 January 1974, lot 116.
    with J.S. Maas & Son, London.
    Sir David Scott, purchased from the above, 1975.
    Sale, 'A Great British Collection: The pictures collected by Sir David and Lady Scott', Sotheby's London, 19 November 2008, lot 18, sold for £31,250.
    The Estate of Miss Elizabeth Creak, sold to benefit the Elizabeth Creak Charitable Trust.

    Exhibited
    Edinburgh, National Gallery of Scotland, Sunshine and Shadow: the David Scott Collection, 1991, no.3.

    Literature
    John Munday, E.W.Cooke 1811-1880, A Man of his Time Woodbridge, 1996, cat. no. 38/4, page 329, illustrated in colour, plate 163, page 249.

    Cooke was drawn to this subject repeatedly and there are five known paintings depicting the interior of this mill that was owned by Rembrandt's father, with Cooke exhibiting four of them as a group at the British Institute in 1839. It is this link with Rembrandt perhaps that made it such an attractive subject as not many other interiors are known from his travels in the lowlands.

    The detail picked out by the light pouring in the window with the shutter hanging precariously is a highly effective device and pulls the viewer through the composition as though one worked in the mill, the same view Rembrandt himself once had. The narrow but highly varied palette is resonant of Rembrandt but the lightness of touch and the range of different surfaces depicted with an economy of detail are all characteristics of Cooke at his best.
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