Cuyp’s landscape paintings combined the golden light of Italian skies with contemporary Dutch scenery. Contact with artists from Utrecht, who had spent time in Rome, inspired him to use a broad range of colour. He specialised in land, sea and riverscapes, often including groups of cattle and recognisable landmarks. He also painted equestrian portraits. Most of his work was acquired by wealthy families from his native Dordrecht. By the mid-nineteenth century many of his finest paintings were in British collections. The clarity of his compositions and their quality of light was greatly admired by British landscape painters, including Constable and Turner.