A Brisk Gale: A Dutch East-Indiaman Landing Passengers

Oil Painting
ca. 1830 (painted)
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Not currently on display at the V&A

Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Augustus Wall Callcott (1779-1844) studied painting with John Hoppner RA before entering the Royal Academy Schools in 1797. He exhibited 129 works at the Royal Academy between 1799 and 1844, and 14 at the British Institute between 1806 and 1838. He was elected a Royal Academician in 1810.

Callcott painted a variety of subjects, including portraits, genre scenes and literary and historical works. However, he is best known for his picturesque landscapes influenced by Gainsborough and 17th century Dutch painting and Classical landscapes in the manner of Claude. From 1815 he exhibited mainly coastal and marine subjects such as this, prompting comparisons with the Dutch artist Albert Cuyp and J.M.W. Turner. Callcott had a close association with Turner and this painting, with its low view point, is reminiscent of Turner's work between 1800 and 1810.


object details
Category
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Oil on canvas
Brief Description
Oil painting on canvas entitled 'A Brisk Gale - A Dutch East-Indiaman Landing Passengers' by Sir Augustus Wall Callcott. Great Britain, ca. 1830.
Physical Description
As described by Dafforne in Gentleman's Magazine 100, part 1, 1830, p.446:



'At the entrance of a port or harbour, the two extremities of which are in the foreground of the composition; some small Dutch-built vessels are making for the shelter: these are on the left of the picture; on the right lies the Indiaman broadside to the spectator. The ship is of enormous length, and low down in the water, as if heavily laden with merchandise from the Dutch settlements in the East; a small sailing-boat with passengers has, apparently, just left her; a row-boat has reached the end of one pier and the boatmen are landing a single passenger with his luggage. There is effective play of cloud and sunshine in the sky, nicely reflected as light and shade on the water.'
Dimensions
  • Estimate height: 66.7cm
  • Estimate width: 104.1cm
  • Frame height: 100.5cm
  • Frame width: 138cm
  • Frame depth: 11cm
Style
Credit line
Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857
Object history
Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857
Subjects depicted
Summary
Augustus Wall Callcott (1779-1844) studied painting with John Hoppner RA before entering the Royal Academy Schools in 1797. He exhibited 129 works at the Royal Academy between 1799 and 1844, and 14 at the British Institute between 1806 and 1838. He was elected a Royal Academician in 1810.



Callcott painted a variety of subjects, including portraits, genre scenes and literary and historical works. However, he is best known for his picturesque landscapes influenced by Gainsborough and 17th century Dutch painting and Classical landscapes in the manner of Claude. From 1815 he exhibited mainly coastal and marine subjects such as this, prompting comparisons with the Dutch artist Albert Cuyp and J.M.W. Turner. Callcott had a close association with Turner and this painting, with its low view point, is reminiscent of Turner's work between 1800 and 1810.
Bibliographic Reference
Parkinson, R., Victoria and Albert Museum, Catalogue of British Oil Paintings 1820-1860, London: HMSO, 1990, pp. 17-18
Collection
Accession Number
FA.9[O]

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