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Title Dutch Two-Decker and Others Offshore
Collection Fairfax House, York
Artist Storck, Abraham (Dutch painter and draftsman, 1644-1708)
Date 1678 (dated)
Signed yes
Description This painting is typical of the output of Abraham Storck, a popular seventeenth-century Dutch marine artist. He has depicted an example of shipping found in the formidable Dutch Navy, as well as more humble craft. The large man-of-war on the left is complemented by these smaller, domestic fishing smacks. Storck was a popular artist, and works exported to England during the 1600s would have continued to be appreciated by art connoisseurs into the next century. Considering the stature of the artist and the general appeal of his pleasant Dutch riverscape, it is very possible that this painting was exported to Britain long before its acquisition by the collector Noel Terry in the early twentieth century.
Current Accession Number NT1984/017
Former Accession Number P5
Inscription front lr (on lee-board of the smack) ‘Storck 1678’
Subject landscape
Measurements 56.0 x 74 cm.0 cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by Noel Terry 1984.
Provenance Purchased by Noel Terry from the art dealer Sheridan in 1929.
Publications Brown, Peter, The Noel Terry Collection of Furniture and Clocks, York, 1987, p. 136, fig. 146.

Born in Amsterdam, Abraham Storck appears to have been a resident of the city until his death. It is not known whom he learnt to paint under, but it may have been his father, Jan Jansen Stork (c.1603-c.1667). Abraham became one of the best of the second-generation Dutch School. His style, with its highly finished and luminous glazes, is particularly close to that of Bakhuizen, an inventive and successful artist. Storck's favourite subject was the harbour of his native city, busy with craft and people. He also painted fanciful Mediterranean views and accurate battle scenes. He was a popular artist and appears to have employed assistants in his studio; he would have worked on some of these ‘assisted' paintings and signed some of them. According to the seventeenth-century biographer Arnold Houbraken, Storck painted a picture of the reception of the Duke of Marlborough on the Amstel; this event took place in December 1704.

A dealer's note on back of this picture states that: ‘Examples of [this artist's] work are to be seen in most of the principal galleries. This example is a painting on canvas of shipping in a breeze. In the left foreground is a large man-of-war with fishing smacks in the foreground and background. Extending from the right to centre of picture is a typical low Dutch coastline. The lee-board of the smack in the right foreground bears the signature, 'Storck 1678.'

Rights Owner Fairfax House, York
Author Dr Ruth Stewart




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