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A painting showing the 'Hercules' and 'Eenhorn' off the port of Hoorn. The city harbour was a popular subject in seventeenth-century Holland and those painters who could represent the city's economic link with the sea found great success. The Dutch port cities had reason to be proud, since Holland's extraordinary wealth hinged on the pursuit and defence of global shipping. Peeters the Elder was born in Antwerp and he produced some of the finest Flemish marine paintings. He was commissioned to paint harbour views such as this by several proud city authorities, and he was made a Master of the Guild of Antwerp in the same year that he produced this painting, when he was only 20.
oil on canvas
H 81.28 x W 149.86 cm