24¼ x 29. Government Art Collection. Attributed to van de Velde.


See M.S.Robinson, Vol 2; page 1116; No 361.
Robinson lists a second version: 18¾ x 35½, photographed in the Scheepvaart Museum, Amsterdam.

17 x 26. Attributed to Brooking. Sotheby 3 April 1996. Lot 4.

Above: Sotheby's catalogue note.
Right: from Joel's book on Brooking, p 139.

This painting turned up 20 years later at a sale at Christie's, 8 July, 2015. It is shown in reverse, below.

Van de Velde, Sympson, Brooking, Houston

see also here: click
Sympson died in 1736, when Brooking was only 13.

Philip Bearcroft, 1697-1761, was educated at Charterhouse and Magdalen Hall, Oxford. He was appointed preacher to the Charterhouse in 1724, Chaplain to the King in 1738, Secretary to the Society for Propagating the Gospel in Foreign Parts in 1739, and Master of the Charterhouse from 1753-1761. The initials S.T.P. are an abbreviation for a theologie professor, according to information provided by M.S.Robinson. He became a doctor of divinity in 1730. Other biographical details are provided by Grosvenor Prints.

Joseph Sympson Jnr (c 1705?-1736) produced at least one green mezzotint after Monamy. Untitled, it depicts a burning ship. This print later appeared with van de Velde's name substituted for Monamy, and Houston's for Sympson. In A Catalogue of Engravers, 1798, Walpole informs us that "Mr Houston died August 4, 1775". The elegant author also tells us, p 105, that "Joseph Simpson was very low in his profession ... till, having studied in the academy, he was employed by Tillemans on a plate of Newmarket, to which he was permitted to put his name, and which, though it did not please the painter, served to make Simpson known. He had a son of both his names, of whom he had conceived extraordinary hopes, but who died in 1736 without having attained much excellence." Houston gave the same treatment to the above mezzotint by Sympson Jnr, titling it A Storm, and retaining van de Velde's name, but replacing Sympson's name with his own, in spite of Sympson's lack of excellence. See below.

Painting reversed. Christie's, 8 July 2015. Still attributed to Brooking.


for comparison: interesting difference

"very low in his profession ..... a son of both his names ..... died in 1736 without having attained much excellence"

Bully for you, Horace, you knew how to dish it out.

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