A Dune Landscape with a River and Many Figures

A variety of figures populate this small dune landscape. In the foreground a beggar is asking two approaching riders for some alms. A little further back a hunter is about to shoot an animal he has spotted in the tree. A curious aspect is the sailing boat which is much too tall to pass under the stone bridge it is approaching.

Wouwerman lived and worked in Haarlem and his dune landscapes are based on the dune scenery between the town and the sea.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1619 - 1668
Full title
A Dune Landscape with a River and Many Figures
Date made
probably 1660-68
Medium and support
Oil on oak
Dimensions
23.5 x 30.5 cm
Inscription summary
Signed
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1871
Inventory number
NG882
Location in Gallery