Anglers and angling have fascinated Dutch artists from Rembrandt's time to the 19th century. Here, a man wades into a pool below rapids, perhaps man-made, in search of his prey. Beyond him, a path follows the stream's meander to a wooded homestead. Such scenes of Dutch rural life were prized by foreign patrons as well.
Among the third generation of the painter family, Hendrik Pieter Koekkoek was the son of Marinus Adrianus, the landscape painter. Though he spent most of his life in Amsterdam, where he had solo exhibitions in 1874 and 1876, Koekoek also spent time in London, where he had family connections.