EVERSDIJCK, Willem
(b. ca. 1616, Goes, d. 1671, Middelburg)

Allegory of the Flowering of the Dutch Fishery

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Oil on canvas, 114 x 162 cm
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Eversdijck painted an allegory of the flowering of the Dutch fishery after the second Anglo-Dutch War (1665-67) with Dutch admirals, among the Michiel de Ruyter, hauling in the full nets. Admiral De Ruyter was the commander of the Dutch fleet which prevented the combined Anglo-French fleet from invading. He and other admirals became the heroes of the people.