The Poringland Oak shows an idyllic tree and lake scene, with figures getting ready to swim. Crome depicts a concern for naturalism and an interest in atmospheric effects. Poringland is a village in Norfolk.
The Poringland Oak
125.1 x 100.3 cm
Oil on canvas
Date of work
Original: Oil on canvas, 125.1 x 100.3 cm ® Tate, London
An English painter, printmaker, collector and teacher, John Crome was the son of a journeyman weaver. He was first apprenticed to a coach and sign painter and later consolidated his artistic training. Like many of his contemporaries, Crome established a practice as a drawing-master. Crome was credited his role as a founder of the Norwich school of painters. He visited Wales and the Lake District and his one trip abroad took place in 1814, when he visited the art collections brought to Paris by Napoleon.