(1623/4 – 1664 Amsterdam)
Oil on canvas, 45.5 x 56.8 cm.
Signed lower right: R. Zeeman
Provenance: French private collection
After Willem van de Velde the Elder, Reinier Nooms was the most important painter, draughtsman and etcher of ships of the 17th century. He depicted his ships so accurately in his paintings and etchings that they are used to identify the most common types of ships around 1660. It is assumed that Nooms was indeed a sailor although the evidence for this is lacking to date. It is certain, however, that Nooms was a draughtsman with the fleet commanded by Michiel de Ruyter, which sailed in 1661 to protect the Dutch merchant fleet from Turkish and Barbary corsairs in the Mediterranean. 
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