FOLLOWER OF WILLEM VAN DIEST
Shipping off the port of Algiers, with a man-of-war
oil on oak panel
51.5 by 81.5cm.; 20¼by 32 1/8in.
The panel is formed of two horizontal, uncradled planks supported on the reverse with a strip of canvas. The join has started to split in the left half of the painting (visible in the catalogue illustration). The paint surface is very dirty and the varnish is very discoloured. Small, pin-prick losses are scattered throughout, largely restored with now discoloured retouchings. There are two slightly larger losses which have not been retouched in the lower right corner. Inspection under ultraviolet light is impeded by the old, milky varnish but appears to reveal an absence of intervention, and appears to solely reveal the aforementioned pin-prick losses and some small, associated retouchings. The painting is in seemingly overall good condition and will respond well to cleaning.
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Inventory, 1893, possibly that recorded in the Corridors and Landing;
Inventory, 1949, in Flat 2