16. [Dutch school]
Drawing, 10 x 16 cm, pen and brown ink, brown and grey wash, black framing lines, laid paper, unsigned (brown stain at upper left edge).
Under passe-partout, under wooden gilt frame (not studied outside frame).
Exceptional drawing attributed to Bakhuizen (1630-1708) with ships docking in the harbour of Amsterdam. In the far distance we can see the buildings of the Dutch Sea Arsenal. On the left foreground the maritime view is supplemented by a mythological scene with Neptune rising from the waves, escorted by seahorses and nereids. The inclusion of such mythological elements is extremely rare in the drawn oeuvre of Bakhuizen, which mostly consists of seascapes. The later ms. attribution to Bakhuizen on the the passe-partout complies with the stylistic and technical execution as seen in the attributed oeuvre of the Dutch painter and draughtsman. The composition and orientation is similar to a signed painting by Bakhuizen of 1696, now in the collection of the Amsterdam Museum (inv. B 2764). The drawing is accompanied by a certificate.
Ref. https://rkd.nl/explore/images/8835. - G. de Beer, "Ludolf Backhuysen (1630-1708). Sein Leben und Werk", Zwolle 2002, p. 145, no. 90.
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