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A storm on the River Schelde with a view of Antwerp
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A storm on the River Schelde with a view of Antwerp


Pieter the Elder Bruegel (ca. 1525-1569)

Pen and brown ink, reworked in areas in darker ink, and traces of graphite (over ink), on laid paper

Height: 20.2 cm; Width: 29.9 cm;

Pen and dark brown ink in a later hand, lower left & recto, within an oval outline, Brueghel

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About this work
Nearly two thirds of this stormy marine view is devoted to the study of rows of waves receding into the background. The variety of strokes, ranging from dashes and squiggles to long straight lines, is typical of Bruegel’s nuanced use of the pen. The city in the distance is probably Antwerp. Representing death and municipal justice, the island with its gallows seems to have been imaginary and serves here to underscore man’s fragile hold on life. (Permanent collection label)

Copyright: © Accepted by HM Government in lieu of capital transfer tax and presented to the Samuel Courtauld Trust for The Courtauld Gallery in 1981.

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