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Dutch Ships in a Breeze

Photo credit: National Maritime Museum

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Underneath a cloudy sky a number of ships can be seen sailing off what appears to be a strip of the Dutch coast. The monogram ’DW’ signed on a log drifting in the foreground waves of this seascape remains the only hint to the painter’s identity. This ‘monogrammist’ does not seem to have been a very productive or widely known artist, but the small panel marks a point of transition in Dutch marine painting of the first half of the seventeenth century, between the pictorial concepts of earlier artists such as Hendrick Cornelisz Vroom and the achievements of the next generation represented by his pupil Jan Porcellis.

National Maritime Museum

London

  • Date

    c.1650

  • Medium

    oil on panel

  • Measurements

    20.5 x 32.5 cm

  • Accession number

    BHC0737

National Maritime Museum

Romney Road Greenwich, London, Greater London SE10 9NF England

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