Norwich River: Afternoon by John Crome

John Crome spent his life in Norwich working mainly as a drawing master and playing a key role in the Norwich Society of Artists.


Oil on canvas
71 x 100 cm
Art Fund grant:
£30,000 ( Total: £450,000)
Acquired in:
Artemis Group

This tranquil summer scene was painted on the River Wensum, probably near the New Mills at St Martin's at Oak, not far from where Crome lived. Crome's abiding interest in capturing the effect of sunlight and atmosphere can be clearly seen in this work - particularly his use of the drift of smoke from the chimney to provide atmosphere. The order and lucidity of the composition is characteristic of his mature work.


Alderman Hankes,1821; possibly J.N.Sherrington; by descent to Mrs J.N.Sherrington; Louis Huth to C.F.Huth, sale Christie's,19/3/04, lot 46, as 'On the Yare',bought Colnaghi; Sir Michaelis, Lady Michaelis, to 1969, & by descent to Max Michae

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Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery Castle Hill, NORWICH Norfolk NR1 3JU 01603 493625

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