Lot 111
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Abraham Willaerts

60,000 - 80,000 GBP
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  • Abraham Willaerts
  • Jesus preaching on the shores of the sea of Galilee
  • signed with initials lower right: A.W.f
  • oil on oak panel, with an unidentified red wax collector's seal on the reverse
  • 25 1/2 by 36 1/2 in.
  • 65 x 92.5 cm.


With Dr Wilhelm August Luz, Berlin, 1958;
Private collection, Luxemburg;
With Bernheimer, London and New York, according to a label on the reverse (as Abraham Willaerts);
Anonymous sale, Cologne, Van Ham Kunstauktionen, 19–21 April 2007, lot 1882 (as Abraham Willaerts).

Catalogue Note

At the time of the 2007 Cologne sale Dr Ulrike Middendorf was quoted as supporting the attribution of the present lot to Abraham Willaerts. Abraham was the son of Adam Willaerts, the successful marine painter and founding member of the Utrecht Guild of St Luke. After training with his father he later studied with Jan van Bijlert in Utrecht and with Simon Vouet in Paris. In 1624 he became a master of the Utrecht Guild of St Luke and from 1637 to 1644 he was in the entourage of Count John Maurice of Nassau-Siegen during his travels to Brazil, and in 1659 he visited Naples and Rome. However, despite his extensive and exotic travel, he was most profoundly influenced by his father, to the extent that it is very difficult to distinguish between their paintings. Both Adam and Abraham specialised in marines and shore scenes with imaginary rocks, elegant staffage and stylized waves.