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Fishing Boats in an Estuary at Dusk

Photo credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

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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. The sails of other boats billow in the strong breeze. The wind gently beats the sea into compact, nimbly rendered crests.

National Maritime Museum

London


Date

c.1643

Medium

oil on panel

Measurements

H 25.5 x W 30.5 cm

Accession number

BHC0806

Work type

Painting


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