Painter/Artist: John Crome

British School (Norwich). Called “Old Crome” to distinguish him from his son. A great admirer of Hobbema.

LONDON, NATIONAL GALLERY

MOUSEHOLD HEATH An extensive view of undulating downs near Norwich. In the middle distance a group of cattle, and two figures on a rising knoll to the right. Sold by Crome’s widow for L12.

Purchased in 1862.

THE PORRINGLAND OAK A tall oak tree rising from the farther bank of a small pool, in which it is clearly mirrored. Four boys-three of whom are Crome’s sons-are bathing in the pool. In the distance on the left a cottage and some trees; luminous clouds float in a serene evening sky.

Purchased from the Rev. C. J. Steward’s executors in 1910.