This painting is one of a pair by Johannes Storck at Fairfax House depicting views of the river Vecht, a popular subject amongst Dutch artists. These views would have appealed to a wide range of patrons. Storck may have sold his paintings in the country, to folk who lived in or close by the places he depicted. Alternatively, he may have sold them to city dwellers, nostalgic for the rural areas they had left, or simply proud of their pleasant country.
Pleasant scenes such as the ones depicted by Johannes Storck had a general appeal. If we imagine that Lord Fairfax had bought this painting, the library would have been an appropriate place to hang it. While paintings by artists of different nationalities, particularly French and Italian, were especially valued in the eighteenth century, the talent and efficacy of the Dutch School was still recognised and paintings from the seventeenth century continued to be enjoyed. This acknowledgement of the talent and creativity of the Dutch School meant that paintings hung in private, studious spaces such as the library could be appreciated on two levels: the aesthetic (as a beautiful work) and the intellectual (as a symbol of Dutch study, talent and hard work). The scholar, immersed in his library, could hope ‘improve' him or herself by reflecting on these themes and aspiring in their own way to better themselves through similar application.