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Trawlers under repair, Yarmouth; view of a harbour lined with buildings and small craft with two large vessels in dry dock attended by four men. 1868
Brush and watercolour and bodycolour over traces of graphite on heavy paper
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Height: 344 millimetres
Width: 493 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- From the second half of the 1860s, Brett frequently worked on the coasts of England and Wales. He went to Great Yarmouth in August 1868 and remained until the following spring.This watercolour was submitted for exhibition to the Royal Academy in 1869 with another view, 'Entrance to Yarmouth Harbour' (private collection); only the latter was accepted, and the present watercolour was instead shown in the 'Select Supplementary Exhibition', a sort of "salon des refusé" under the title 'Trawling Smacks at Yarmouth'. It shows the view across the River Yare from the South Quay or Southgates Road towards Southtown. (see 'Pre-Raphaelite Vision: Truth to Nature', A. Staley and C. Newall, Tate Britain, 2004, cat no. 124 and Allen Staley, 'Some Watercolours by John Brett', Burlington Mag., CXV, no. 839, Feb. 1973, p. 93; and see C. Payne, 'John Brett: Pre-Raphaelite Landscape Painter', Yale, 2010, pp. 99-101, where it is no. 544 in Charles Brett's catalogue of the works, p. 212).
The watercolour came to the Museum in its original frame (now in the P&D frame store) which bears the framemaker's label, J & W Vokins, 14&16 Great Portland Street, London. Below the label, the panel is inscribed in ink, '7' and 'Trawlers under Repair, Yarmouth'. The other side bears a paper label inscribed in ink 'John Brett /No.4 [struck through] No. 2'.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1869, Select Supplementary Exhibition, rejected works from the RA for that year
2001 May-Sep BM, P&D, 'Paper Assets' (no cat.)
2004 Feb-May, London, Tate Britain, 'Pre-Raphaelite Vision: Truth to Nature', no.124
2004 June-Sept, Berlin, Altes Nationalgalerie, 'Pre-Raphaelite Vision: Truth to Nature', no.
2004-2005 Oct-Jan, Madrid, Fundació "la Caixa", 'Pre-Rapahaelite Vision: Truth to Nature', no.
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- Acquisition notes
- Purchased from Christopher Newall acting on behalf of the vendors, descendants of the artist
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