Edward Williams (1782-1855), Near Yarmouth Roads. A glorious ‘moonlight’, worthy of John Crome or his son John Berney Crome, and a classic ‘Norwich School’ Painting, even though Williams himself wasn’t an East Anglia artist.
Family, music, sunshine…and good paintings!xxx
Thomas Smythe (1825-1906), Edward Smythe’s brother, watercolour of Shotley Beach looking towards Harwich.
J.M.W.Turner (1775-1851), Margate, Kent. Turner spent a considerable amount of time sketching and painting this part of the Kent coast.
Thomas Smythe (1825-1906), Ipswich painter, brother of the prolific painter Edward Robert Smythe (1810-99). This is a simply breathtaking oil sketch of Dunwich beach, Suffolk. Dunwich, now a village, is the ghost city of the English east coast: formerly, some 15 centuries ago, the proud capital of East Anglia, it has been inexorably devoured by coastal erosion. William Camden, in his Britannia (1607), translated by Philemon Holland, says of the town’s decay: ‘But now by a certaine peculiar spite and envie of Nature , that suffereth the greedy sea to have what it will and encroch still without all end, the greatest part thereof is violently carried away with the waves, and by reason that the Bishops many yeares agoe translated their seat to another place, it lieth (as it were) desolate’.