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Title On the Sands near Ostend
Collection Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle
Artist Gudin, Théodore (French painter and printmaker, 1802-1880)
Date 1863 (dated)
Signed yes
Description A prestigious painter of marines, Gudin was a friend of the founders of the collection. The inscription shows that the painting was a gift from the artist to Joséphine Bowes. Apparently painted near Ostend, the view is depicted in the rosy hues of evening and looks out to sea through the haze. Several people are grouped on the dunes, watching the boats coming in to shore. A man stands prominently in his dark clothes and top hat while children clamber on the sandy slopes. Another figure walks across the foreground with what could be a rolled-up sail.
Current Accession Number B.M.357
Former Accession Number No. 482; No.5
Inscription front lr 'offert à Mme Bowes T. Gudin 1863"
Subject landscape; marine; place (Ostend); figure; everyday life
Measurements 31 x 48 cm (estimate)
Material oil on panel
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by the founders John and Joséphine Bowes 1885.
Provenance Given to Joséphine Bowes by the artist, 1863.
Principal Exhibitions The Road to Impressionism: Joséphine Bowes and Painting in Nineteenth Century France, Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, 2002 - 2003, cat. no. 74.
Publications Coutts, H., The Road to Impressionism: Joséphine Bowes and Painting in Nineteenth Century France, Barnard Castle, 2002, pp. 10, 43, 72, pl. 74; Hardy, C., John Bowes and the Bowes Museum, Newcastle, 1970, p. 159

Dimensions are of sight view.

Recorded in John Bowes' catalogue as no. 482, 'Marine View on the sands near Ostende. Atmospheric effect of which the artist was proud. He presented this picture to Mrs. Bowes.' Recorded as no. 5 in 1877 list of paintings in the Bowes' collection at the rue de Berlin.

See Souvenirs du Baron Gudin, peintre de la marine 1820-1870, Paris, 1921, for general information on the artist.

Rights Owner The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, Co. Durham
Author Dr Anne L. Cowe



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