CAPPELLE, Jan van de
(b. 1626, Amsterdam, d. 1679, Amsterdam)
Seascape with Fishermen and Figures on a Pier1651
Oil on canvas, 50 x 76 cm
This signed and dated marine composition is an example of the calm, expansive seascapes for which Jan van de Cappelle is renowned. The view is from the water's edge, looking across shallows in which fishermen are unloading small rowing boats to the right, while in the centre a group of sailing vessels are tied together whilst similarly being unloaded. At the left is an elevated dock with a group of onlookers conversing as a lone figure attempts to climb to shore.