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Title A View of Cremyll with Numerous Ships
Alternative Title Mount Edgcumbe from Stonehouse; Mount Edgcumbe House and Park from Stonehouse
Collection Mount Edgcumbe House
Artist Edema, Gerard Van (Dutch painter, ca.1652-ca.1700)
Date 1685 (dated)
Signed yes
Description Gerard Van Edema painted Mount Edgcumbe Estate several times, usually incorporating marine views of the adjacent River Tamar. In the upper half of this composition Mount Edgcumbe House dominates the hillside and the village of Cremyll on the shore. Meanwhile, the estuary below provides an intriguing hive of marine activity. Among the variety of boats, many appear filled with figures and are heading toward the village. A crowd of people is gathered on the beach where a gilt-edged coach has arrived. Edema demonstrates at once the strategic position of the estate and the social standing of the Mount Edgcumbe family.
Current Accession Number Plymm.037
Inscription front lr 'G. Edema 1685'
Subject marine; landscape; place (Mount Edgcumbe and Cremyll, Cornwall); buildings and gardens
Measurements 64 x 116 cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Given in lieu of tax from the estate of Edward Piers, 7th Earl of Mount Edgcumbe, 1985.
Provenance Possibly commissioned by Sir Richard Edgcumbe (1639-1688), 1685; by descent through the Mount Edgcumbe family.
Principal Exhibitions Images of Mount Edgcumbe, Cornwall, Mount Edgcumbe House, Cremyll, 2000, cat. no. 3.
Publications Gaskell Brown, C., Images of Mount Edgcumbe, Plymouth, 2000, p. 8, cat. no. 3, as Mount Edgcumbe House and Park from Stonehouse; Gaskell Brown, C., Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park, Plymouth, 2003, p. 27 as Mount Edgcumbe from Stonehouse.
Notes

Probably the companion piece to A View of Mount Edgcumbe from the Tamar (Plymm.036). They are the same size, were painted around the same date and both feature the same horses and carriage.

Maker Church is visible on the horizon.

Recorded in 1961 inventory of paintings at Mount Edgcumbe: (Kitchen Passage) 's.wall - Mount Edgcumbe and Cremyll from East bank of Tamar. / Gerard Edema (1685) / Figures by Th. Wyck / ships by Wm. van de Velde / (end near Pantry)'

Willem van de Velde was another of Sir Richard Edgcumbe's favourite artists; however, it is improbable that he and Edema collaborated on this painting.

Rights Owner Copyright Mount Edgcumbe Collection
Author Dr Anne L. Cowe

 

 

 

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