This lively anecdotical harbour scene depicts a number of ships and figures engaged in the various tasks of ship maintenance. The ships bear a very early 17th century look with its narrow high stearn, while the colour tone of the water is of that bright blue turquoise trademark style of Willaerts.


  • Title: Harbour scene
  • Creator: Adam Willaerts
  • Date Created: c. 1615
  • artist: Adam Willaerts, attributed to
  • Tags: Flemish school, Genre scene, Marine painting
  • Provenance: Skokloster Castle 1676
  • Physical Dimensions: w 720, h 410 mm (without frame)
  • Artist info: Adam Willaerts was born in London to Flemish parents who had fled from Antwerp of religious reasons. The family soon moved back to the Netherlands and Leiden sometime in the mid 1580s. Little is known about early life of Willaerts but what is certain is that he 1597 had moved to Utrech where he is recorded in the guild of St Luke in 1611, and later became dean in 1620. Willaerts is mostly known for his coastal landscapes and harbour set genre scenes. His work often shows inspiration from Hendrik Cornelisz Vroom, but any other connection between the two artists is not known.
  • Type: Oil on panel
  • External Link: Skokloster Castle

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