A Ship Wrecked off a Rocky Coast

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A fleet of ships is shown near a rocky coast. One of them is shown with its sails half down, clawing to windward off the land. A large rock rises vertically in the centre and beyond it is a coastline with a sheer rock face. A Dutch ship on the right, with carved lions visible on the stern, is foundering under the cliff and waves are shown pounding against its side. Its masts have broken off and sailors are preparing to jump from it into the water. In the waves, left of centre, is a ship's boat laden down with men. There is a small beach in the foreground on the right with men approaching the water's edge, both to help the survivors and retrieve wreckage. Nature is shown at its most threatening to man, indicated by the jagged flash of lightning highlighted against the dark, menacing sky.

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A Ship Wrecked off a Rocky Coast




oil on panel


H 75 x W 101.6 cm

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