An old label on the reverse, indistinctly inscribed and dated 1856
Elias Pieter van Bommel was born in Amsterdam and studied at the Rijksacademie. He received tuition from George Andries Roth (1809-1887), who influenced his early preference for painting landscapes.
Van Bommel travelled extensively visiting Belgium, Germany, France, Hungary and Italy and painted many works during his trips abroad. He exhibited in Amsterdam, The Hague, Groningen and Leeuwarden between 1833-39 and 1841-59.
The present lot is a spectacular example of Van Bommel's fantasy views. The whole setting, with many figures in a Dutch harbour unloading their goods, bathes in a beautiful light. One could not help being drawn into the scene, the eye meandering through the masterful composition.