Boats on Shore and in Water
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Jan de Bisschop
Dutch, 1628 - 1671
Pen and brown ink with brown and gray wash over black chalk, with framing lines in black ink
3 5/8 x 5 7/8 in.

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Jan de Bisschop made atmospheric landscape studies like this one on sketching trips throughout the Netherlands. Here he depicts a small fishing boat called a weyschuit with its rigging articulated in fine, filigree pen lines.

The weyschuit rests on shore near a cluster of rowboats and a large, flat-bottomed vessel. The artist's copious use of blank paper invites viewers to imaginatively fill in the remaining scene.