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Dutch Ships at Anchor off a Fortified Scandinavian Town

Photo credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

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In this Scandinavian scene the artist has effectively merged two pictorial genres: landscape and seascape. To the left a bay, with three Dutch ships at anchor, opens towards the horizon under a lightly clouded sky. On the right, wooded rocks rise towards a town on top of a hill. The landscape consists of hills and steep valleys dotted with coniferous trees leading down to a rocky foreshore. Between the coniferous trees, a waterfall rushes down a ravine and under a rough wooden bridge towards the beach. On the foreshore fishermen, who have pulled their pinks up on the sand, are selling their catch to the crowd which has gathered to meet them. On the far right a gentleman, his wife, child and maid are haggling with a fisherman over the purchase of a fish. Several figures and a heavily laden donkey are crossing the bridge above.

National Maritime Museum





oil on panel


H 63.5 x W 101.6 cm

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