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Crome, John, the Elder

in Benezit Dictionary of Artists

ISBN: 9780199773787
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199899913 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/benz/9780199773787.article.B00044787
Crome, John, the Elder

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British, 18th – 19th century, male.

Born 22 December 1768, in Norwich; died 22 April 1821, in Norwich.

Painter, engraver. Landscapes with figures, landscapes.

School of Norwich.

John Crome the Elder was the son of a poor day labourer. At the age of 12 he was placed as a servant with a doctor but did not like the work and was apprenticed to a house painter in the building trade for seven years. However, his sights were set higher and he produced drawings, copying old prints and, especially, nature. His good taste in art brought him protectors - Sir William Beechey, among others, who allowed him to copy the Dutch and Flemish masters in his collection. Other sources suggest that he copied from the collection of Thomas Harwey in Norwich. Despite this support, Crome's beginnings were very difficult. Eventually, however, he built up a clientele in the rich families in and around Norwich. He was able to make a living from his art and to establish the Norwich School - in ...

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