The ferry ('veerpont') in the foreground has a cannon in its cargo. It has a red and white striped ensign and a yellow and white flag draped over the side. Other vessels are flying Dutch colours.

This seascape was probably painted in the mid-1660s, at about the same time as van de Cappelle's 'A River Scene with a Dutch Yacht'.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1626 - 1679
Full title
A River Scene with a Large Ferry and Numerous Dutch Vessels at Anchor
Date made
about 1665
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
122 x 154.5 cm
Inscription summary
Signed
Acquisition credit
Wynn Ellis Bequest, 1876
Inventory number
NG967
Location in Gallery