Two Dutch Merchant Ships Under Sail near the Shore in a Moderate Breeze

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It is generally believed that this painting illustrates an East India fleet returning to Holland from a successful voyage to the East. It may have been commissioned by an owner to commemorate the return of his ship from the East. In the left foreground is the shore. Several groups of figures stand on the shoreline, looking out at the passing shipping. The men in the group, on the extreme left, are probably military. One gestures towards the ships. To the right is another group consisting of a couple and a single woman. She is gesturing in the direction of the vessels. Behind this group, another couple is reclining on the ground. A small dog looks out towards the ship's boat, directing the eye of the spectator towards the boat, in the centre foreground. This vessel is transporting people across to the ship on the left.

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Two Dutch Merchant Ships Under Sail near the Shore in a Moderate Breeze




oil & grisaille on panel


H 81.3 x W 111.7 cm

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