Provenance: United Kingdom, private collection
In this Dutch coastal scene, a sloop, a shallow-draft broad-hulled boat with two sails, is pulling in the sails. A two-masted ship, a ‘snowship’, is anchored in the middle of the composition. A group of figures is placed in the typical dunes of Holland. This beach view with the harbor of Vlissingen in the background is seen from the ‘Knollendijk’. On the far left is the lunette of Kenau Hasselaar or Fort des Dunes. The skyline of Vlissingen with the spiers of the Sint Jacobskerk and the Kleine or Middelkerk is located in the middle. The bombproof barracks or Caserne Cavalier is on the far right of the prison tower.
In the Dordrechts Museum there is a drawing of a similar view of Vlissingen. JC Schotel probably made this drawing on one of his many travels. Fort Kenau Haselaar is already depicted in the dunes on the left on a preliminary drawing in the Amsterdam Museum. In both drawings only a few details differ from the painting, which was in accordance with the custom of the time.
The clientele of JC Schotel consisted of royal houses, institutions, art dealers and very prominent and private collectors at home and abroad such as:
Tsar Nicholas I Pavlovich Romanov, Emperor of Russia, King of Poland, Grand Duke of Finland; Anna Pavlovna Oranje-Nassau, Grand Duchess of Russia; Frederick William III, King of Prussia; William Frederick I of Orange Nassau, King of the Netherlands, Grand Duke of Luxembourg; Frederika Louise Wilhelmina Oranje Nassau, Princess of Prussia, wife of King William I of the Netherlands; William II Frederik George Lodewijk van Oranje Nassau, Prince of Orange, King of the Netherlands
La Société Royale pour l’encouragement des beaux-arts, a Bruxelles; Teylers Society; The ‘Kunstverein’ Hannover
Alexander Pierre Philips Cornelis Robert de Ceva; Henry of Cranenburg; Adrian van der Hoop; Robert Baron Fagel; William of Loon; Hendrik Six; Anne Willem Carel Baron van Nagell van Ampsen;
Count Jacques-Andre Coghen; Thomas Leveson Gower Baron Granvill; Sir Robert Peel; John Smith.
See: Brochure Johannes Christiaan Schotel, Gallery Rob Kattenburg BV 2018