A River near a Town, by Moonlight

The ship on the left flies a Dutch flag. Van der Neer specialised in moonlit landscapes, which he painted in large numbers. He managed, however, to maintain a high degree of careful finish and usually signed with his characteristic monogram, as here.

Van der Neer's work is difficult to date with any precision, but this picture was probably painted in the mid-1640s. He made a number of other versions of this composition.

Key facts

Artist dates
1603/4 - 1677
Full title
A River near a Town, by Moonlight
Date made
about 1645
Medium and support
Oil on oak
30.3 x 48.4 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by Lord Colborne, 1854
Inventory number
Location in Gallery