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Aelbert Cuyp (Dordrecht 1620-Dordrecht 1691)

The Passage Boat c.1650

RCIN 405344

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The large boat is probably the regular ferry to Rotterdam from Dordrecht, Cuyp’s home town. It sets sail at dusk, with the fading sunlight and towering clouds as much the subject of the painting as the boats and people. Cuyp’s painting was among those hung in the Blue Velvet Room at Carlton House, where Dutch masterpieces were displayed in a rich blue and gold interior.

Purchased in 1814 as part of the Baring collection