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A Squally Day in a Dutch Estuary
1640
Simon de Vlieger

A Squally Day in a Dutch Estuary  1640 Simon de Vlieger

Some shipping is shown in a Dutch estuary with land in the background on the right and the left. The land demonstrates
the flatness of the topography. A kaag or ferry boat, in starboard-quarter view, is in the foreground on the left. It is flying the Dutch flag and the boat is pitched at an angle in the squall to enable the figures on board to be seen. There are three passengers in the ferry, a man wearing a hat with a feather stands in the stern and a couple is positioned in the centre. The two ships shown in the right distance are a smalschip in full sail, in starboard-bow view, and a warship at anchor behind. Both are flying the Dutch flag. In the foreground on the right a fishing boat in starboard-bow view, with two fishermen on board, negotiates the squall. The figure on the right looks out to meet the gaze of the viewer.

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