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    Sale 7660

    Maritime Art

    29 October 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 14

    Dominic Serres, R.A. (1719-1793)

    An English frigate passing a Dutch merchantman in congested waters

    Price Realised  

    Dominic Serres, R.A. (1719-1793)
    An English frigate passing a Dutch merchantman in congested waters
    signed and dated 'D Serres 1772' (on a spar, lower right)
    oil on panel
    15 x 19½ in. (38.1 x 49.5 cm.)


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    This work by Serres is reminiscent of earlier Dutch paintings by Willem van de Velde (1633-1707) and Ludolf Bakhuysen (1631-1708). Serres built up a large collection of drawings by van de Velde, often studying them intently to help develop his own compositions. The centralised light, ringed with dark clouds and peripheral ships, forces your eye to concentrate on the intricate rigging of the English frigate, and the stern carving of the Dutch merchantman. This trick was one used constantly by van de Velde, and subsequently taken on by Charles Brooking (1723-1759), a contemporary of Serres.

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