Willem Schellinks

Datesabout 1627 - 1678

Painter, draftsman, etcher, and poet, Willem Schellinks was one of the most widely traveled Dutch artists of his time. He toured the Loire and the Seine in 1646, and between 1661 and 1665 he visited England, France, Italy, Malta, Germany, and Switzerland, drawing landscapes and scenic views. Schellinks may have been sketching on commission for the Dutch government, for many of his drawings include strategic points that would have interested the government's intelligence service.

Schellinks's subjects encompass Dutch and Italian views, river and harbor scenes, inns or ancient ruins with resting horsemen and hunting parties, and winter scenes. He worked easily in other artists' styles, particularly that of the Italianate masters. His works are rare today, perhaps in part because he was so adaptable; they have often been wrongly attributed to other painters.

Schellinks used his earlier drawings of England as the basis for his paintings of the successful 1667 naval raid on the English at Chatham during the Second Anglo-Dutch War, stressing the Dutch triumph by showing an English military contingent arriving too late. After Schellinks's death, Frederick de Moucheron completed many of his paintings and added figures to them.