This barren landscape scene forms part of a series of works produced by Clarkson Stanfield on the Dutch coastline. Titled ‘Draining Mill’ the painting relates to a number of other named scenes maintained in important museum collections. Notably:

  • On the Scheldt near Leiskenshoeck: a Squally Day, 1837 (Royal Academy Collection 03/1366)
  • A squadron of warships anchored at the Mouth of the Scheldt (Christie’s May 2008 : The Arthur Ackermann and Peter Johnson Collection Lot 57)
  • A Scene Near Monnikendam on the Zuyder Zee (Dallas Museum of Art 2019.46.14)

During the early 1810s, Stansfield was a sailor in the merchant service, primarily in Sunderland. He is especially known for his marine subjects. The beginning of his artistic career began as a theatrical scene painter and diorama creator, often in collaboration with his friend David Roberts.  During the 1830s, he concentrated on easel paintings, eventually earning a reputation as one of the finest British marine painters, second only to Turner. Stansfield recorded numerous seascapes and landscapes along the coasts of Britain and Europe for his work, which was influenced by the Dutch painters of earlier centuries.  In 1832, Stansfield illustrated ‘The Life and Poems of George Crabbe’ by John Murray, which featured buildings and scenes in the Orford and Waveney Valleys in Suffolk.

Many important British collections hold Stansfield’s work, including The Tate Gallery, the National Maritime Museum, and the Victoria and Albert Museum

In the Tate, Stansfield’s painting Oude Scheld – Texel Island, looking towards Nieuwe Diep and the Zuider Zee illustrates the subject matter of our painting.  Known for its important mussel grounds, the Scheld or Schedlt estuary is a vast saltwater tidal marsh in The Netherlands.  To protect their land from flooding caused by tides and storm surges, the inhabitants constructed earth dykes. The polders were pumped dry with the power of windmills. Diking off large tracts of land below sea level allowed the Dutch to harness wind energy to lift water out of the enclosed area, divert it into canals, and drain the land. Through the cultivation of hardy plants, salt was gradually removed from the soil, making marshy estuaries fertile farmland.


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Oil on Canvas, 'Draining Mill' Clarkson Stanfield RA (1793 - 1867) circa 1837 signed lower left

Draining Mill | Clarkson Stanfield RA (1793 – 1867)

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Oil on Canvas, ‘Draining Mill’ Clarkson Stanfield RA (1793 – 1867) circa 1837 signed lower left

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Approximate Dimensions

  • Framed Height: 95 cm (37.5 inches)
  • Framed Width: 128 cm (50 inches)
  • Canvas Height : 69 cm (27 inches)
  • Canvas Width: 99 cm (39 inches)



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