Landscape on the Norfolk Coast

  • About the work
    Country: France
    City: Paris
    Place: British Embassy

    James Stark is better known for his rural landscapes and river scenes, rather than coastal views like this example. However, a similar painting by Stark, titled 'Coastal Scene with Fisher Folk', was sold in London through the fine art auctioneer Sotheby’s, in March 2009.

  • About the artist
    James Stark was born in Norwich and became a pupil of local artist John Crome from 1811. He exhibited with the Norwich Society and entered the Royal Academy Schools, London, in 1817. A painful condition, possibly kidney stones, hindered his work and forced him to return to Norwich in 1821. However, it did not prevent him marrying Elizabeth Dinmore of King's Lynn in the same year, with whom he had three children. In 1827, the first part of his four part volume of 36 engravings was published, entitled ‘Scenery of the Rivers of Norfolk’. Stark returned to London in 1830, after twelve years in Norwich. He died from a disease of the kidneys and bladder at the age of 64 in Camden, London, and returned to Norwich posthumously to be buried.
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  • Details
    Landscape on the Norfolk Coast
    Oil on panel
    height: 35.00 cm, width: 39.50 cm
    Purchased from Robinson & Foster, September 1949
    GAC number