About this artwork

  • title:
    Sailing Boats near a Harbour
  • accession number:
    D 597
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  • materials:
    Pen, brown ink and coloured washes on paper
  • date created:
    Unknown
  • measurements:
    13.50 x 28.10 cm
  • credit line:
    David Laing Bequest to the Royal Scottish Academy transferred 1910

Hendrick Avercamp

Hendrick Avercamp

Avercamp was among the first Dutch artists to specialise in painting winter scenes. His paintings were much admired and commanded high prices during his life. Avercamp was born a deaf-mute and may have lived reclusively because of this. He trained in Amsterdam with Pieter Isaacsz, an established history and portrait painter, before returning to Kampen, a tranquil walled town on the Zuider Zee, where his father was a pharmacist. The town or some of its prominent buildings, often feature in the background of Avercamp’s compositions.