About This Artwork

Jan van de Cappelle
Dutch, 1626–1679

Fishing Boats in a Calm, 1651

Oil on canvas
57.6 x 71.2 cm (22 11/16 x 28 in.)
Inscribed, lower right: J. v Cappelle 1651

Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection, 1933.1068

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

Royal Academy, London, Winter Exhibition, 1878, cat. 107.

Art Institute of Chicago, Paintings, Sculpture, and Other Objects of Art Exhibited at the New Museum, January 1894, cat. 166.

Toledo Museum of Art, Catalogue of The Inaugural Exhibition, 1912, cat. 214.

Detroit Institute of Arts, Five Centuries of Marine Painting, March 6–April 5, 1942, cat. 26.

Publication History

Art Institute of Chicago, Catalogue of Paintings, Sculpture, and Other Objects in the Museum (Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago, 1894), p. 64, no. 166.

Art Institute of Chicago, General Catalogue of Paintings, Sculpture and Other Objects in the Museum (Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago, 1913), p. 196, no. 2077.

Art Institute of Chicago, General Catalogue of Paintings, Sculpture and Other Objects in the Museum (Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago, 1914), p. 207, no. 2077.

Art Institute of Chicago, Catalogue of Paintings, Drawings, Sculpture and Architecture (Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago, 1917), p. 163.

Art Institute of Chicago, Handbook of Sculpture, Architecture, Paintings and Drawings (Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago, 1920), p. 61.

Art Institute of Chicago, Handbook of Sculpture, Architecture and Paintings (Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago, 1922), p. 70.

Art Institute of Chicago, Handbook of Sculpture, Architecture, and Paintings (Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago, 1923), p. 70.

C. Hofstede de Groot, A Catalogue Raisonné of the Works of the Most Eminent Dutch Painters of the Seventeenth Century Based on the Work of John Smith, vol. 7 (London: MacMillan, 1923), pp. 186–7, no. 110.

Art Institute of Chicago, A Guide to the Paintings in the Permanent Collection (Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago, 1925), p. 159, no. 2012.

Art Institute of Chicago, A Guide to the Paintings in the Permanent Collection (Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago, 1932), p. 179.

W. R. Valentiner, “Jan van de Cappelle,” Art Quarterly 4 (1941), pp. 282, 287, fig. 12.

Art Institute of Chicago, Paintings in the Art Institute of Chicago: A Catalogue of the Picture Collection (Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago, 1961), p. 67.

Wolfgang Stechow, Dutch Landscape Painting of the Seventeenth Century (London: Phaidon, 1966), p. 117, fig. 231.

Margarita Russell, Jan van de Cappelle, 1624/6–1679 (Leigh-on-Sea; F. Lewis, 1975), pp. 23–4, fig. 8.

Suzanne Folds McCullagh, “‘A Finesse of the Crayon,’ Eighteenth-Century French Portraits in Pastel,” Art Institute of Chicago Museum Studies: Old Masters at the Art Institute of Chicago 32, 2 (2006), p. 89 n. 3.

Frederik J. Duparc, Golden: Dutch and Flemish Masterworks from the Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Collection, exh. cat. (Salem, Massachusetts: Peabody Essex Museum, 2011), pp. 113, 116, fig. 2, under cat. 15.

Ownership History

Probably François Sallé, by 1817; his sale, Paillet, Paris, November 27, 1817, lot 5 for 101 francs to Benoist Montigneul (price and buyer according to Getty Provenance Index, Getty Research Institute). J. Louis Miéville, London, 1878 [according to Hofstede de Groot 1923]. Presumably Prince Paul Demidoff (died 1885) and later to his widow, Helena Troubetskoi, Pratolino, near Florence; his sale, Pillet, San Donato, March 15–April 10, 1880, lot 1071, bought in; included in the group of paintings from the Demidoff collection sold to the Art Institute using funds advanced by four trustees including Martin A. Ryerson (died 1932), Chicago; the picture was in Ryerson’s private collection and intermittently on loan to the Art Institute by 1894; bequeathed to the Art Institute, 1933.




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