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David Teniers the Younger (Antwerp 1610-Brussels 1690)

Fishermen on the Sea-shore c.1637-9

Oil on canvas | 92.9 x 123.0 cm (support, canvas/panel/stretcher external) | RCIN 405348

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This empty overcast scene conveys the bleak and unrelenting life of the fishermen, selling their meagre haul on a sandbank. The damp chill atmosphere is suggested through a unified almost monochrome palette of greys and blues – touches of brown and red occur only in the foreground.

Acquired by George IV in 1812, when Prince Regent