In the right middle distance is a States yacht ('statenjacht') with Dutch colours firing a salute. It is a vessel then used by the Dutch chamber of provincial representative, the States General, in The Hague for transporting its members and important visitors. The nearer of the two barges in the foreground is also flying Dutch colours.

This picture was probably painted in the mid-1660s.

Key facts

Artist dates
1626 - 1679
Full title
A River Scene with a Dutch Yacht firing a Salute as Two Barges pull away
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
93 x 131 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
Wynn Ellis Bequest, 1876
Inventory number
Location in Gallery