|Title||A Vessel Wrecked Beneath a Fort in a Storm|
|Alternative Title||Stormy Coast Scene with Shipping|
|Collection||National Trust for Scotland (Hill of Tarvit)|
|Artist|| Attributed to circle of Peeters, Bonaventura, II (Flemish marine painter and draftsman, 1648-1702)
Attributed to school of Porcellis, Jan (Dutch painter and printmaker, ca. 1584-1632)
Previously attributed to Velde, Willem van de, II (Dutch painter, 1633-1707)
|Date Earliest||possibly about 1630|
|Date Latest||possibly about 1650|
|Description||A vessel and its crew are about to be swallowed by the crushing waves, beneath a towering fort on the right. A few men standing on the wall of the fort are trying to rescue some sailors, pulling them out of the sea with ropes. In the middle ground a Dutch man-of-war makes its way through the choppy sea. Such dramatic depictions were frequent in Flemish art and may have been viewed as symbolic of the dangers of life's voyage.|
|Current Accession Number||49.56|
|Former Accession Number||49.71|
|Measurements||26.7 x 36.5 cm cm (estimate)|
|Material||oil on canvas|
|Acquisition Details||Bequeathed by Miss Elizabeth C. Sharp 1949.|
|Provenance||Purchased for £15 from Doig, Wilson & Wheatley, Edinburgh, by F. B. Sharp, July 1932; by descent to Hugh Sharp by 1932-38; by descent to E. C. Sharp by 1938.|
Back, dealer's label: 'Doig, Wilson & Wheatley, 90 George Street, Edinburgh' (removed during conservation treatment).
Attributed to Bonaventura Peeters (Christie's 1993); to Van de Velde (Christie's 2006).
F. B. Sharp purchased this painting for £15 in 1932 when there was little interest in such seascapes.
|Rights Owner||National Trust for Scotland|
|Author||Dr Claudia Heide|