The Small Dort

Dordrecht (Dort) is seen in the background from the south-east, with the Grote Kerk in the centre, and the Vuilpoort, one of the town's water-gates (demolished in 1864) on the left.

This painting exactly repeats the view of Dordrecht seen in the so-called 'The Large Dort', also in the National Gallery's Collection, and has been tentatively dated to the early 1650s.

Key facts

Artist dates
1620 - 1691
Full title
A Distant View of Dordrecht, with a Sleeping Herdsman and Five Cows ('The Small Dort')
Date made
about 1650-2
Medium and support
Oil on oak
66.4 x 100 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
Wynn Ellis Bequest, 1876
Inventory number
Location in Gallery