• Living with Art auction at Christies

    Sale 12198

    Living with Art

    13 - 14 October 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 31

    Attributed to John Crome (Norwich 1768-1821)

    The edge of a common

    Estimate

    This lot is offered without a reserve

    Attributed to John Crome (Norwich 1768-1821)
    The edge of a common
    oil on canvas
    69 ¾ x 55 ½ in. (177.2 x 141 cm.)


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    In an unpublished letter dated January 25, 1931, Sir Charles Holmes wrote 'since no catalogue seems to mention this exceptional effort, we must conclude that, like certain other works by Crome, it was still incomplete at the time of the painter's sudden death, and that certain passages were subsequently finished by another hand.' Sir Charles dated the painting to c. 1815, and suggested an artist who had studied in Dutch cattle-painters - probably someone in Norwich School - as the author of these additions. Colins Baker (op. cit., 1932) similarly felt that the cattle had been "lifted" from a Dutch picture and dated the painting to c. 1812. Norman Goldberg (op. cit., 1978) followed Baker's dating and assessment that the staffage was by another hand, noting that with the exception of some repainting in the sky, "[t]he remainder of the landscape is by Crome, with its design reminiscent of the City of Norwich Museum's pencil drawing of Woodland Scene and with stylistic resemblances to The Way through the Woods [City Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, England]."

    Special Notice

    This lot is offered without reserve.


    Provenance

    with Percy Moore Turner.
    Purchased from the above by the present owner, 1933.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE HUNTINGTON LIBRARY ART COLLECTION AND BOTANICAL GARDENS, SOLD TO BENEFIT THE ART ACQUISITIONS FUND


    Literature

    Norwich, Eastern Daily Press, 20 April 1932.
    C. H. Collins Baker, The Burlington Magazine, May 1932, pp. 223-224.
    C. H. Collins Baker, Catalogue of British Paintings in the Henry E. Huntington Library and Gallery of Art, 1936, pp. 37-38.
    Life Magazine, September 1938, p. 34.
    N.L. Goldberg, 1960, p. 214, fig. 6.
    N.L. Goldberg, John Crome the Elder, Oxford, 1978, I, p. 206, no. 74; and II, p. 49, no. 74.


    Exhibited

    Norwich, City of Norwich Museums, April 1932.