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A river estuary with dutch shipping in a stiff breeze, a lighthouse to the left

Om föremålet

Blankerhoff sailed with the Dutch fleet on two occasions during the Anglo-Dutch war of 1664-67; in 1665 and again the following year. Three years later in 1669 he joined Count van Waldeck's fleet in an expedition to expel the Turks from Candia. These first hand experiences lent his paintings an unusual degree of conviction and detail, and his biographer Houbraken praised his works for their 'wonderful spontaneity and impeccable accuracy'. They also lent him his nickname 'Jan Maat' or 'Jack Tar'. According to Houbraken, his more formal commissions, received from the Amsterdam Admiralty and elsewhere, and which won him considerable public acclaim, were apparently painted in a more 'detailed and polished' manner, others in a freer technique. His best work is characterised by a cool grey tonality and attention to atmosphere as here. A Master in the Guild of St. Luke in Alkmaar in 1649, he died young only twenty years later.\nWe are grateful to Sabine Giepmans of the Rijksbureau voor Kunsthistorische Documentatie for endorsing the attribution to Blankerhoff on the basis of photographs.\nSigned with monogram lower right: BH


Oil on canvas


Jan Theunisz. Blankerhoff


"The following condition report has been provided by Henry Gentle, an independent restorer who is not an employee of Sotheby's. The canvas is lined and the paint is raised and unstable. There are a scattering of previously restored minor losses across the surface, particularly to the sky. The paint to the foreground is in a well preserved condition with only slight abrasion to the more delicate passages, such as the rigging and the shadows, where pale shrinkage cracks are prominent. The varnish is significantly discoloured and degraded and its removal would improve the tonality." "This lot is offered for sale subject to Sotheby's Conditions of Business, which are available on request and printed in Sotheby's sale catalogues. The independent reports contained in this document are provided for prospective bidders' information only and without warranty by Sotheby's or the Seller."


99.5 by 197.5 cm.; 39 1/4 by 77 3/4 in.


Jean-Isidore Harispe, Count Harispe (1768-1855), created Maréchal of France in 1851.


Signed with monogram lower right: BH


Alkmaar 1628-1669 Amsterdam

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