A Wijdschip and a Kaag Under Sail in a Very Light Air
oil on millboard
18 ¼ x 33 ½ in. (46.4 x 85.2 cm.)
in its original 19th Century frame
Julia Korner would like to thank the late John Munday for his assistance in cataloguing this painting
This is a copy of the original painting by Willem van de Velde, The Younger, in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Inv. No. A 440
M.S. Robinson, The Paintings of the Willem van de Veldes, published by the Trustees of the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, No. 106, p. 487.
John Munday, E. W. Cooke, 1811-1880, RA, FRS, FSA, FLS, FZS, FGS
A Man of His Timex
Frank Herrmann, The English as Collectors, pages 151 & 434
Col R. E. Crichton, OBE;
Col. Hon. Sir Henry George Lewis Crichton, KCB (1844-1922), 4th Earl Erne, KP, PC;
Sir Thomas Baring, 2nd Baronet (1772-1848) and thence by descent.
Banker and MP, he was the eldest son of Sir Francis Baring, 1st Baronet, founder of Barings Bank. His grandfather, John Baring (1697-1748) had emigrated from Germany and establishing the family in England. Thomas became a partner in Baring Brothers and Co. in 1804, remaining until 1809. After his early career with the bank, Sir Thomas was elected a Member of Parliament for the constituencies of High Wycombe and Hampshire (until 1831).
From 1832 to 1833 he was the chairman of the London and South Western Railway. He was a president of the London Institution and Director of the British Institution. In June, 1841 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society. He succeeded Sir Francis Baring, 1st Baronet and succeeded by his eldest son, Francis, who was later raised to
the peerage as Baron Northbrook.
By the end of the end of the 18th century the taste of the great British collectors was for paintings of the Flemish and Dutch schools of the 17th century with a particular rage for the great marine painter father and son, Willem van de Velde, the Elder and the Younger.