'Men of War in Harbour', Charles Brooking
The date of when this was painted us known, but was perhaps about 1745-55
Artist: Charles Brooking (1723-1759)
Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 93 x 132 cm
Accessiong number: WAG 1994.116
Bequeathed by George Palmer Holt in 1990
This was thought to be by Brooking when it entered the gallery's collection. It is now believed to be a copy and is probably based on unidentified works by Peter Monamy or Willem van de Velde, though it is less typical of van de Velde's style. Brooking trained himself to paint by making copies of such works and his inscription does appear in the lower left corner.