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Spanish Ships at Anchor

Fine art

Object connections:

Collection Fine art, Oil paintings
Gallery locationNot on display

Object details:

Object ID BHC0756
Description The Flemish painter Sebastian Castro is recorded to have been active in Antwerp from the 1630s. This oil painting shows two Spanish ships at anchor in an estuary with a rowing boat to the far right of the composition. The relative tonality of the colour scheme, as well as the low horizon and the build-up of clouds in the background, links the picture to the stylistic developments of Dutch painting in the first half of the 17th century, but the more theatrical lighting and the stylisation in the depiction of the ships mark it as painted in a ‘Flemish’ style.
Date made 17th century

Artist/Maker Castro, Sebastian
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Palmer Collection. Acquired with the assistance of H.M. Treasury, the Caird Fund, the Art Fund, the Pilgrim Trust and the Society for Nautical Research Macpherson Fund.
Materials oil on canvas
Measurements Painting: 445 mm x 648 mm; Frame: 558 x 754 x 65 mm
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