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The power of art is ..... the power to hold our gaze across the years or centuries
Keith Miller, TLS, December 1, 2006, p.18

Who painted these paintings?

16 x 22, Willem van de Velde II, Edward Speelman, London, c1955
An English galliot close in to the shore.
Signed and dated on a piece of wood lower right on the sand: W.V.Velde J 1663 (round letters).
From M.S.Robinson: Vol. 2, no. 458, pp. 703-704 (ill. p. 704)

16 x 22 Auctioned 24 Nov 2010

Willem van de Velde II (Leiden 1633-1707 London) and Studio.
An English galliot close in to the shore with an English flagship firing a salute as she arrives at the Nore.
It has been suggested by various academics that this work is an unrecorded (?) version of a similar composition by Willem van de Velde, the Younger
'An English Galliot close in to the Shore', held in a private collection.
See M.S. Robinson, The Paintings of the Willem van de Veldes, vol. 2, no. 458, pp. 703-704.


Dang me, if they ain't the same picture !

Is there a minuscule deviance in the figure seated in the small boat, pointing? Variance in the sky?
Could be changes effected during the intervening 55 years.

What happened to the signature and date of 1663, with round letters ?
Couldn't be by Charles Brooking could it? Nah, I guess not.

21 x 27 Auctioned 24 Nov 2011, as Circle of Charles Brooking (London 1723-1759)
A First Rate signalling her departure from the anchorage. Indistinctly dated '17.. [?]' (lower right).
Estimate 2,000 - 3,000. Bought In.

Shome mishtake here, shurely. The English flagship is not firing a salute as she arrives at the Nore; nor is she a First Rate signalling her departure. The actual truth is that her Captain has just been told that his wife has been delivered of a bouncing baby boy. He is completely stationary, neither arriving nor departing, but not entirely sober; merely signalling his delight by firing off a few cannon, and handing round the cigars.

From the Monamy & Walker conversation piece c 1730-33
About as authentic a painting signed Monamy as could conceivably be found.

"In one view ... the history of scholarship is a history of error".
E.G.Stanley, 1975.

"When we are confronted with the expression of the mind of someone long dead, embodied in a work of art, [in] the process of coming to understand it ..... we have to develop a technique of questioning, asking questions which arise out of the work itself."
Helen Gardner, 1959.

"When a thing is asserted as a fact, always ask who first reported it, and what means he had of knowing the truth."
James Spedding, 1808 - 1881.

"The very character of bureaucratic administration automatically screens out all those who are capable of doing any other sort of work. ..... An administrator in a bureaucratic world is a man who can feel big by merging his nonentity in an abstraction. A real person in touch with real things inspires terror in him."
Marshall McLuhan, June 22 1951

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