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Warships off the Coast with a Fishmarket on the Beach

Photo credit: Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

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Willaerts was born in Antwerp but settled in Utrecht. Marines were his speciality. The nearest ship fires a salute in honour of a person of distinction, standing on the stern of the galley approaching from the right. The painting has been dated c.1620 by comparison with 'Ships off a Rocky Coast', signed and dated 1621, in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology



c. 1620


oil on panel


H 48 x W 106 cm

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Bequeathed by Revd Dr John King, 1737

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