The frigate in the background has just fired a salute; a second frigate can be seen in the distance, and fishing boats in the foreground.

This painting is not signed or dated; stylistically it belongs to a group of marine pictures from the last few years of van Goyen's life.

Key facts

Artist dates
1596 - 1656
Full title
An Estuary with Fishing Boats and Two Frigates
Date made
about 1650-6
Medium and support
Oil on oak
49.5 x 69.1 cm
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by Sir John Heathcoat-Amory, Bt, 1972; entered the Collection in 1973
Inventory number
Location in Gallery