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A View of an Estuary
Simon de Vlieger

The vessels at the jetty on the left, which may belong to the toll-house at the estuary of the river Maas, have Dutch flags. The man-of-war at anchor on the right has the arms of the Province of Holland on her stern and flies the flag of the Dutch Republic. The largest ship at the jetty on the left is probably a gaff-rigged 'wijdschip' (a small Dutch transport vessel); the smaller one nearest the viewer is a 'kaag' (a Dutch vessel with a straight raking stem and clinker-built).

This type of marine painting reflects the pride the Dutch took in their seafaring power. It was probably painted in the late 1640s.

Key facts
Artist Simon de Vlieger
Artist dates about 1601 - 1653
Full title A View of an Estuary, with Dutch Vessels at a Jetty and a Dutch Man-of-War at Anchor
Date made about 1645-50
Medium and support Oil on oak
Dimensions 88.5 x 122 cm
Inscription summary Signed
Acquisition credit Lord Revelstoke Bequest, 1929
Inventory number NG4455
Location in Gallery Not on display
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