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Title Dutch Shipping
Collection Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead
Artist Attributed to manner of Velde, Willem van de, II (Dutch painter, 1633-1707)
Attributed to Storck, Abraham (Dutch painter and draftsman, 1644-1708)
Previously attributed to Backhuysen, Ludolf, I (Dutch painter, calligrapher, and printmaker, 1630-1708)
Date Earliest possibly about 1650
Date Latest possibly about 1750
Description In terms of composition, content and colouring, this work is close to that of Abraham Storck. The two three masted ships dominating the foreground, attended by smaller vessels, is a variant of a device commonly seen in paintings by Storck. His early work recalls that of Willem van de Velde II, Backhuysen and Beerstraten. During the 1670s and 1680s he moved towards painting imaginary views based on Amsterdam and Mediterranean ports. The windmills seen in the background here strongly suggest a Dutch setting.
Current Accession Number TWCMS:C200
Former Accession Number SAG 400
Subject marine; figure; townscape
Measurements 76.0 x 126.9 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by J. A. D. Shipley, 1909.
Principal Exhibitions Early Marine Paintings. Ferens Art Gallery, Hull, 1951, cat. no. 202.
Publications Catalogue of the Shipley Collection, 1917, no. 400 attributed to Ludolf Backhuijsen; Catalogue of the Shipley Collection, 1921, no. 400 attributed to Ludolf Backhuizen; Catalogue of the Shipley Collection, 1951, no. 400 as after Van der Velde; Early Marine Paintings, Ferens Art Gallery, Hull, 1951, cat. no. 202, as Dutch Sea-Piece with Round Tower.
Notes In the 1917 and 1921 catalogues, this work was attributed to Ludolf Backhuysen, though by 1951 this had been changed to after Willem van de Velde II. In 1977, Charlotte Miller tentatively suggested Hendrik Lofvers, and also commented that the colouring of the work seems to suggest an eighteenth-century date rather than the seventeenth century. Philip van Dyck has also been put forward as a candidate. In 2002, the Pilgrim Trust researcher Caroline Worthington attributed the work to Abraham Storck, for reasons outlined above. Currently both this, and the attribution to manner of Willem van de Velde II stand. A note in the file at the Shipley records that the ship can be dated no later than the 1570s. However, the likelihood that the painting was created retrospectively is high, and therefore the comment is little help in firmly attributing the work.
Rights Owner The Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead (Tyne and Wear Museums)
Author Elizabeth van der Beugel
 

 

 

 

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