Dordrecht 1787 – 1838

Shipping off a coast (modello)

Graphite, black chalk and gray wash, 52.5 x 74.5 cm

Provenance: The Netherlands, Private collection


Literature, cf.; An Immortal Marine Painter JC Schotel 1787 – 1838 . Dordrecht: Dordrecht Museum, 1989. p. 16-17cat. no. 55-57, p.94, cat. No. 53, cat. No. 83.


JC Schotel often drew modello’s of his paintings to give his clients an idea of a proposed painting. He often made them one on one. The first large-scale designs were then executed in black chalk, such as the drawing on the reverse of this modello. Later he elaborated the composition in ink and wash or watercolor. The blades are generally quite large and can be considered works of art in their own right. These modellos were highly valued by collectors, such as the Amsterdam banker Carel Joseph Fodor (1801-1860), who bequeathed his collection to the city of Amsterdam.

JC Schotel made a few modellos for a painting to show his customers, see no. 55-57 of the exhibition catalog of An immortal sea painter JC Schotel 1787 – 1838, in the Dortdrechts Museum. The client eventually chose from these preliminary studies on paper no. 55 and 57 to be executed as a painting. Another example of a preliminary study after which the painting was made is no. 53 (Rob Kattenburg Collection) and no. 83 (formerly Rob Kattenburg Collection).


JC Schotel’s clients consisted of royal houses, institutions, art dealers and very prominent and private collectors at home and abroad such as:


Tsar Nicholas I Pavlovich Romanov, Emperor of Russia, King of Poland, Grand Duke of Finland; Anna Pavlovna Oranje-Nassau, Grand Duchess of Russia; Frederick William III, King of Prussia; William Frederick I of Orange Nassau, King of the Netherlands, Grand Duke of Luxembourg; Frederika Louise Wilhelmina Oranje Nassau, Princess of Prussia, wife of King William I of the Netherlands; William II Frederik George Lodewijk van Oranje Nassau, Prince of Orange, King of the Netherlands

La Société Royale pour l’encouragement des beaux-arts, a Bruxelles; Teylers Society; The ‘Kunstverein’ Hannover

Alexander Pierre Philips Cornelis Robert de Ceva; Henry of Cranenburg; Adrian van der Hoop; Robert Baron Fagel; William of Loon; Hendrik Six; Anne Willem Carel Baron van Nagell van Ampsen;

Count Jacques-Andre Coghen; Thomas Leveson Gower Baron Granvill; Sir Robert Peel; John Smith.


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