Shipping in a Calm at Flushing with a States General Yacht Firing a Salute

Object Details

Title:

Shipping in a Calm at Flushing with a States General Yacht Firing a Salute

Artist/Maker(s):

Jan van de Cappelle (Dutch, 1626 - 1679)

Culture:

Dutch

Date:

1649

Medium:

Oil on oak panel

Dimensions:

69.9 x 92.1 cm (27 1/2 x 36 1/4 in.)

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In the busy port of Vlissingen (Flushing) used by the Dutch East India Company in the 1600s, grand ships glide through placid waters. The cannon on a large yacht fires a salute announcing the arrival of a dignitary, who is carried ashore by the launch to the right. By the mid-1600s, the Dutch Republic had reached the height of its power as a global trading empire, and its domination of the seas found expression in the genre of marine painting. In 1649 Jan van de Cappelle introduced the "parade" picture, in which grand ships convene for a special occasion under dramatic cloudy skies.

In this parade picture, Van de Cappelle included many details, such as the ship's rigging, sails, and decorations and dolphins swimming through the calm water. He also mastered the atmospheric and optical effects seen in the treatment of reflections in the water and in the contrast between the lighter clouds that form at the horizon and the darker ones gathering high above the foreground.

Provenance
- 1823

William Waldegrave, first baron Radstock, 1753 - 1825 (London, England) [sold, Radstock sale, Phillips, London, April 19, 1823, lot 44, through Bernard Pinney (London, England) to Abraham Robarts.]

1823 -

Abraham Robarts, by inheritance within the Robarts family.

Robarts Family, by inheritance to John Robarts.

by 1966

John Robarts (London, England), by inheritance to D. J. Robarts.

D. J. Robarts, held in trust by the Trustees of the Marriage Settlement of D. J. Robarts.

- 1991

Trustees of the Marriage Settlement of D. J. Robarts [sold, Christie's, London, December 13, 1991, lot 16.]

- 1996

Citibank (Switzerland) (Zürich, Switzerland), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1996.

Exhibitions
Dutch Art (January 4 to March 9, 1929) (Cat. 262)
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), January 4 to March 9, 1929
Le paysage hollandais au XVIIe siècle (November 25, 1950 to February 18, 1951) (Cat. 13)
  • Musée de l'Orangerie, (Paris), November 25, 1950 to February 18, 1951
El siglo de oro del paisaje holandés / The Golden Age of Dutch Landscape Painting (October 10, 1994 to February 12, 1995) (Cat. 15)
  • Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection Foundation, (Madrid), October 10, 1994 to February 12, 1995
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