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Oil painting - View on the Scheldt
  • View on the Scheldt
    Stanfield, William Clarkson R.A., born 1793 - died 1867
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View on the Scheldt

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Date:

    1826 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Stanfield, William Clarkson R.A., born 1793 - died 1867 (painter (artist))

  • Materials and Techniques:

    oil on panel

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Mrs Julia Anne Bonnor

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    British Galleries, Room 120, The Wolfson Galleries, case WW

Object Type
Oil paintings of seascapes and shipping in the Dutch manner were collected in Britain from the 17th century when the Dutch started making them in quantity. British artists also painted similar scenes to meet the demand from collectors. This painting is a smaller version of `A market boat on the Scheldt' painted by Stanfield in the same year (1826), although the colouring is more subdued and its tones are closer to a 17th-century Dutch example.

The river Scheldt was a favourite locality for Dutch marine painters for centuries. It runs from northern France, through Belgium and into the North Sea. Stanfield shows a scene near the mouth of the river.

Clarkson Stanfield was a painter in oils and watercolours, mainly of landscapes and marine views. The son of an actor, J. F. Stanfield, he went to sea as a young boy and was press-ganged into the Royal Navy, but he left the service after being injured. He painted stage scenery for theatres in London, where he was a friend and rival to David Roberts. Stanfield also made dioramas and panoramas. His subjects for theatrical, easel and illustrative work were drawn mainly from extensive tours in Britain and Europe.


1826 (made)


Stanfield, William Clarkson R.A., born 1793 - died 1867 (painter (artist))

Materials and Techniques

oil on panel

Marks and inscriptions

'C. Stanfield. 1826'
Signed and dated by the artist, lower left


Height: 40.7 cm estimate, Width: 54.3 cm estimate, Height: 62 cm framed, Width: 76 cm framed

Object history note

Bequeathed by Mrs Julia Anne Bonnor, 1901
Painted by Frederick Clarkson Stanfield RA (born in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, 1793, died in London, 1867)

Descriptive line

Oil painting, 'View On the Scheldt', Clarkson Stanfield, 1826

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Catalogue of British Oil Paintings 1820-1860, Ronald Parkinson, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1990, p. 278

Labels and date

British Galleries:
Frederick Clarkson Stanfield was one of several British artists working in the style of earlier Dutch painters. Though these pictures were not at all classical in their subject matter or style, they were frequently displayed in Regency Classical interiors framed in elaborate, Rococo Revival frames. [27/03/2003]

Production Note

Signed and dated 1826


Oil paint; Panel


Oil painting




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