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Of Ships and the Sea…

Two fascinating pictures by Dutch 17th-century masters will bring a taste of the sea to landlocked Birmingham when they go on show here this spring.

The majestic oil painting, ‘An Estuary Landscape with a Distant View of Dordrecht, 1646 by Jan van Goyen, has been lent from a private collection. Thought not to have been on public display for at least 70 years, the picture – depicting a busy scene on the estuary of the River Maas – has been declared ‘pre-eminent’ by the Arts Council.

Joining it will be Attack on Harwich, 1669, an unusual and highly detailed black and white ‘pen painting’ by Willem van de Velde the Elder. On loan from Royal Museums Greenwich, it comes in exchange for the Barber’s Turner seascape, ‘The Sun rising through Vapour’, lent to the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, for the exhibition Turner and the Sea.

The two loans will be displayed from 29 April to 29 October in the Red Gallery alongside the Barber’s own squally seascape by Jan van de Capelle, ‘Boats on Ruffled Water’ – itself set on the estuary near Dordrecht.

Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775 – 1851)

The Sun Rising Through Vapour

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Nicolaes Maes (1634 – 1693)

A Portrait of a Lady

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