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Distant View of Lowestoft from the South
Thomas Kerrich

This oil study is painted on a thick oak panel. It depicts a broad, calm bay along the Suffolk coast dotted with sailing ships. White-tipped waves lap a sandy beach. At lower left, above the beach, the artist includes a grassy outcrop on which he must have stood as he worked. A trail leads along the knoll back towards the town, identified on the back of the panel as Lowestoft.

A remarkable group of chalk and pencil drawings, pastels and landscape oil sketches by Kerrich was sold in London in March 2000. It included several landscape drawings which, like this painting, depict scenes along the Suffolk coast near Lowestoft. Some are dated, establishing that Kerrich was at this site in 1794.

Key facts
Artist Thomas Kerrich
Artist dates 1748 - 1828
Full title Distant View of Lowestoft from the South
Date made perhaps 1794
Medium and support Oil on wood
Dimensions 16.5 × 34.9 cm
Inscription summary Signed; Inscribed
Acquisition credit The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery
Inventory number L842
Location in Gallery Not on display
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