signed with monogram 'A·W·' (lower left)
oil on panel
39.2 x 30 cm.
Artist or Maker
Adam Willaerts (Antwerpen 1577-1644 Utrecht)
Rotterdam, Museum Boymans van Beuningen, Berlin, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Lof der Zeevaart, De Hollandse zeeschilders van de 17e eeuw, 1996, pp. 120-1, no. 14, illustrated.
J. Briels, Vlaamse Schilders in de Noordelijke Nederlanden in het begin van de Gouden Eeuw 1585-1630, Haarlem, 1987, pp. 388-9, fig. 509.
R. van Gelder and L. van Wagenaar, Sporen van de Compagnie, de VOC in Nederland, Amsterdam, 1988, p. 16, illustrated.
J. Giltaij and J. Kelch, Lof der Zeevaart, De Hollandse zeeschilders van de 17e eeuw, Rotterdam, 1996, pp. 120-1, no. 14, illustrated.
D.M. van Moppes, sale; Christie's, London, 28 June 1974, lot 45.
With S. Nijstad, The Hague, 1975.
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With this historical document on ship building in the first half of the 17th Century Willaerts depicted the economic peak of the trade and fishing-industry in the Northern Provinces.
In the past the picture has been attributed to both Adam and his son Abraham Willaerts. The large pigeon-loft on the left can be found in various pictures attributed to Abraham. Dr Giltaij (loc. cit., p. 120) is of the opinion that an attribution to Adam is more likely; he dates the picture to circa 1630.
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