About the artist
Johannes Hermanus Koekkoek is considered the founding father of the well-known Koekkoek painting dynasty. He was born in 1778 in Zeeland at Veere. He trained at the classical oriented Drawing Academy of Middelburg while working at the wallpaper factory of Thomas Gaal. He then specialised in painting elaborately worked-out townscapes with water, and seascapes in particular. He was among the first artists of the early 19th century to be inspired by the marine painters of the Dutch Golden Age.
His paintings reveal that he had a great understanding of the different types of ships that navigated Zeeland’s open waterways at the time.
He died in 1851 in Amsterdam.