The vessel on the right is a 'snaauwschip' (a square-rigged two masted vessel usually employed as a despatch vessel; in English, 'a snow') flying a blue ensign with a coat of arms. In the middle distance is a man-of-war with its sails furled flying the Dutch colours. The town on the horizon seems to be Dordrecht, with the Grote Kerk on the left and, towards the right, the Groothoofdspoort.

This painting was probably painted in the mid-1660s and almost certainly before about 1692-4 when the spire of the Groothoofdspoort was replaced by a dome.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1630/1 - 1708
Full title
A View across a River near Dordrecht (?)
Date made
about 1665
Medium and support
Oil on oak
Dimensions
34.1 x 47.8 cm
Acquisition credit
Wynn Ellis Bequest, 1876
Inventory number
NG1000
Location in Gallery