‘Sunset over the Pool of London’
This is one of the artist’s most substantial and finest works, of exceptional quality in detail, execution and subject. Claude was taught by his father who was a painter and architect. He was apprenticed as a lithographer and by the age of 27 was an established marine artist. He was influenced by his fellow Nottingham artist Henry Dawson, and by James Baker Pyne and J.M.W.Turner. He consistently maintained a high standard of detail in his drawing, and painted some large canvases, including some impressive and romantic views of the Thames and London. He was a great traveller and painted shipping off many of Britain’s best known ports.
Although he moved to London in 1882 he rarely exhibited there, choosing instead to show his work in Nottingham, 80 paintings in all at the Castle Museum, where there remains a permanent collection today. He is also represented in the Derby Art Gallery, the Rotherham Art Gallery and the National Maritime Museum in Greewhich, London.
Signed & dated /81 30 x 44in