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Hay barges
oil on canvas
89.5 × 148.7 cm
inscribed in brown paint c.: J. S. Cotman 1834
Accession Number
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1919
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Gallery location
Not on display
Subjects (general)
Marines and Seascapes
Subjects (specific)
barges (flat-bottomed watercraft) boats cargo vessels hay (material) masts sails (equipment) seas transportation

Collection of Harry Stephen Meysey Thompson (1809–74), 1st Baronet of Knaresborough; by descent to Sir Henry Meysey-Thompson (1845–1929), 2nd Baronet of Knaresborough, created 1st Baron Knaresborough 1874, 1874–1901; included in the Sir Henry Meysey Thompson sale, Christie's, London, 16 March 1901 (Lugt 58910), no. 17, as The mouth of a river, with hay-barges, by J. S. Cotman;[1] from where purchased by Hoseda, probably on behalf of John Postle Heseltine (1843–1929); Heseltine collection, London, until 1918; included in the Christie's sale, London, 7 June 1918; purchased by Mrs Arthur Clifton, wife of the proprietor of the Carfax Gallery (dealer), London, 1918; sold to Miss M. Knox, London, 1918; from whom purchased, on the advice of Robert Ross, for the Felton Bequest, 1919.

[1] See Catalogue of pictures by old masters removed from No. 2 Hamilton Place, Picadilly, the property of Sir Henry Meysey Thompson, Christie’s, London, 16 March 1901 (Lugt 58910), accessible