A Dutch merchantman and a spritsail barge in a breeze

The choppy seas and billowing clouds in the present work are reminiscent of compositions by the Dutch sea-painter and draughtsman Ludolph Bakhuizen (1630-1708), who was Rietschoof's teacher. Sabine E. Craft-Giepmans of the RKD, The Hague, has confirmed the attribution to Rietschoof on the basis of photographs (private communication, 6 March 2002).

Anonymous sale; P. Brandt, Amsterdam, 15 May 1979, lot 55.

Private collection, East Sussex.

Anonymous sale; Christie's, New York, 7 October 1993, lot 139, as 'Ludolf Backhuysen'.

About Jan Claesz. Rietschoof

Dutch, 1652-1719, Hoorn, Netherlands, based in Hoorn, Netherlands