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Title Shipping in a Storm off the Coast of Norway
Alternative Title Storm off a Rocky Coast
Collection Victoria Art Gallery, Bath
Artist Attributed to Backhuysen, Ludolf, I (Dutch painter, calligrapher, and printmaker, 1630-1708)
Previously attributed to circle of Beerstraten, Jan Abrahamsz. (Dutch painter, 1622-1666)
Date Earliest probably 1700
Date Latest 1708
Signed yes
Description Newly reattributed to Ludolf Backhuysen, this marine painting depicts a very rough sea, under a stormy sky with dense, grey clouds. Several vessels are tossed about on the waves, and some casualties and wreckage are in the water. To the centre left, a sailing ship flying the Dutch flag, and a smaller boat is to the right, two further vessels are in the middle distance. Land and cliffs are seen in the distant right of the composition.
Current Accession Number BATVG:P:1923.26
Inscription front (on wreckaage) 'Lud[. . .] Bakhui[. . .]
Subject marine
Measurements 104.6 x 170.2 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Given by Reverend Richard Moon Perkes 1923.
Principal Exhibitions Bath Assembly Exhibition, Victoria Art Gallery, Bath, 1948; Marine Painting, Victoria Art Gallery, Bath, 1970; Renaissance to Baroque 1520-1720: Treasure from Bristol and Bath Museums, Holburne of Menstrie Museum, Bath, 1981
Publications Catalogue of Pictures: Exhibition of Pictures in the Possession of the Corporation of the City of Bath, Bath, 1948, p. 19 (as Backhuysen); Marine Painting, Victoria Art Gallery, Bath, 1970, p. 5 (as Backhuysen); Wright, C., Old Master Paintings in Britain: An Index of Continental Old Master Paintings executed before c.1800 in Public Collections in the United Kingdom, London, 1976, p. 7 (as Backhuysen); Renaissance to Baroque 1520 1720: Treasure from Bristol and Bath Museums, Holburne of Menstrie Museum, Bath, 1981, p. 7 (as Backhuysen); Sloman, S.,, Victoria Art Gallery: Concise Catalogue of Paintings and Drawings, Bath, 1991, p. 3 (as Backhuysen).

On the advice of Ab Hoving, the 1997 attribution to the Circle of Jan Abrahamsz. Beerstraten has been rejected, and a re-attribution to Ludolf Backhuysen has been made. Hoving dated the work to c. 1700, and observed its similarity to Storm on a Mountainous Coast, illustrated in Lof der Zeevaart exhibition catalogue, Museum Boymans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, 1996, p. 325.

Rev. Perkes donated two further works to the gallery.

Rights Owner Victoria Art Gallery, Bath
Author Dr Susan Steer



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