The Dordrecht marine painter J.C. Schotel was renowned for his impressive skies and waters. His eminent clients included the Dutch Royal family. In 1829, Schotel was commissioned by William I’s wife Wilhelmina of Prussia to paint a view of the beach at Scheveningen seen from the royal pavilion. His rough seas appealed to the Prince of Orange – the later King William II. The Prince even gave his brother-in-law Nicholas I, the later Tsar, a painting by Schotel as a present. Nicholas was delighted with this gift and later commissioned a couple of paintings from the Dordrecht master, among which was – again – a view of the beach at Scheveningen. The latter painting is a view during a tempest, since turmoil was probably thought to reflect the Russian soul.
An early and beautiful beach scene by J. C. Schotel on oak panel dated c 1820. Two drawings of the present composition are preserved, one in the Teylers Museum, Haarlem, the other in The Hague municipal archives. A later, different version on mahogany panel was made frequently by the artist.
The clients of J.C. Schotel consisted of royal houses, institutions, art dealers, and very prominent and private collectors at home and abroad such as:
Tsar Nicolas I Pavlovitsj Romanov, Emperor of Russia, King of Poland, Grand Duke of Finland; Anna Paulowna Oranje- Nassau, Grand Duchess of Russia; Frederik Willem III, King of Prussia; Willem Frederik I van Oranje Nassau, King of the Netherlands, Grand Duke of Luxembourg; Frederika Louise Wilhelmina Oranje- Nassau, princess of Prussia, spouse of King Willem I of the Netherlands; Willem 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 Genootschap; Der ‘Kunstverein’ Hannover.
Alexander Pierre Philips Cornelis Robert de Ceva; Hendrik van Cranenburg; Adriaan van der Hoop; Robert Baron Fagel; Willem van Loon; Hendrik Six; Anne Willem Carel Baron van Nagell van Ampsen; Count Jacques- André Coghen; Thomas Leveson Gower Baron Granvill; Sir Robert Peel; John Smith.
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