Probably one of a series of views of northern Spanish ports made during the artist's exile. The handling of the figures and landscape shows the influence of French painting.

The small quayside of El Arenal (now in the centre of modern Bilbao) was used as an elegant promenade and for unloading cargoes from ships anchored in the river Nervión.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1746 - 1799
Full title
View of El Arenal de Bilbao
Date made
1784
Medium and support
Oil on wood
Dimensions
60.3 x 83.2 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1983
Inventory number
NG6489
Location in Gallery