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In this busy but peaceful scene Abraham Storck shows an idealised version of life on a Dutch river in the seventeenth century, but his painting of the vessels is detailed and accurate. The rising sun is hidden behind the sails of the man-of-war (the great warship coming in from the sea) and the grey dawn light lifts as the morning clouds drift away almost imperceptibly on a faint breeze.
A River View
Oil on canvas
H 58.4 x W 73.7 cm
Bequeathed by Lt-Col. J.H. Ollney, 1837