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Fishing Boats in an Estuary at Dusk

Photo credit: National Maritime Museum

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At dusk, a thunderstorm threatens to break in a cloud-filled sky. On the left, a small sprit-rigged vessel, crammed with fishermen, bobs gently in the water. Her sprit-sail is half lowered as she runs before the wind. This vessel flies the Dutch flag and serves as an introduction to the composition. Next to it, three men pull a heavily laden rowing boat through the water towards her. They are huddled against the stiff breeze with the waves high around them.

National Maritime Museum


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  • Medium

    oil on panel

  • Measurements

    25.5 x 30.5 cm

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