Araki Genkei was a Nagasaki artist and it is possible that this painting may be by him. A painting of a Dutch ship, described as being in hashira-kake form, depicting a mast with the members of the crew going about their business, was once in the collection of one Shimizu Naoharu.
Genkei was a pupil of Watanabe Suseki and Uesugi Keio. He was influenced by the work of Ohara Keizan, a Nagasaki painter. Both artists were appointed kara-e mekiki (this title can be roughly translated as painting critic or connoisseur) for the local government; Genkei also learned Dutch and served as an interpreter.