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Title Calm at the Mouth of the Scheldt
Collection Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums
Artist Clays, Paul Jean (Belgian painter, 1819-1900)
Date 1868 (dated)
Signed yes
Description In this seascape, masted ships anchored near shore. The coast is visible in the mid right corner. Some gulls are flying low over the water. The cloudy sky is very similar to that in Clays' On The Scheldt - Afternoon, with the hints of blue appearing behind the cloud, but the sea is not as calm here
Current Accession Number ABDAG002867
Former Accession Number 01.1.25
Inscription front lr 'P.J. Clays 1868'; back (on label) 'je sousigne avoir peint la tableau ci contre pour Monsieur Macdonald, esq., a Aberdeen. Il represente un calme, plusieurs navires a l'ancre dans l'ergant avec environs de messigue (Holland) par une belle journe d'ete vers 11 hrs du matin. Brussels, 1868. P.J. Clayes'
Subject marine; animal (gull)
Measurements 41.5 x 63 cm.0 cm (estimate)
Material oil on panel
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by Alexander and Mrs Macdonald 1901.
Provenance Painted for Alexander Macdonald and acquired by him for 48 from the artist on 3 March 1868.
Principal Exhibitions Aberdeen 1873, cat.no.143; (probably) On the Scheldt , Aberdeen Artists Society, 1898, cat. no. 181.
Publications Aberdeen Art Gallery Catalogue, 1937, pl. 11.

Labels: 'Aberdeen Art Exhibition, plate 191' ; cutting referring to Mons. P.J. Clays' letter of 19 February, March, 1868; press cutting relating to another painting by the artist.

This painting was lent to the first exhibition organised by J. F. White and Alexander Macdonald which prefigured the setting up of Aberdeen Public Art Gallery.

Rights Owner Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums
Author Jennifer Melville



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