James Clarke Hook – Brimming Holland
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Signed Jm.C.Hook and inscribed ‘Trial Proof’ in pencil (lower right). Etching and drypoint, printed in black ink on India paper 1875. Presented in a new mount. The print has also been known as ‘A Market Boat, Holland’.
Sheet: 10 1/4 x 13 3/8 in. (26 x 34 cm.)
Image: 4 5/8 x 7 7/8 in. (11.8 x 20 cm.)
Mount: 12 3/16 x 15 3/8 in. (30.9 x 39 cm.)
The artist’s trial proofs are rare and are generally not signed. They are a pre-cursor to a limited proof edition, these initial prints are pulled so that the artist may examine, refine and perfect the prints to a desired final state.
According to the Print-sellers’ Association the print was published by Edward S. Palmer as an artist’s proof of 100 in 1875 at a cost of 2gns. There was a further unlimited edition of prints (unsigned) at 1gn. Usually another etcher would be employed to create a print of a painting but in this case Hook completed both painting and etchings himself.
This coastal scene, typical of Hook’s paintings and etchings, depicts a market boat in Holland where a woman buys a duck from the stall holder. Hook began the painting Brimming Holland in July 1869 during a stay at the Hotel Bellevue in Dort in the Netherlands. He exhibited the painting at the May 1870 exhibition of the Royal Academy. For more information see Rosalie Hook, Woman Behind the Painter: Diaries of Rosalie, Mrs James Clarke Hook (ed. Juliet McMaster). Edmonton, University of Alberta Press, 2006.