- Oil on canvas
- Purchased with assistance from Gabrielle Tasman in memory of Adriaan and the Olive Stirrat bequest. Purchase supported by Christchurch City Council's Challenge Grant to Christchurch Art Gallery Trust, 2010.
- 1079 x 1588mm
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Petrus van der Velden turned to painting full-time in 1867 after six years as a struggling self-employed lithographer. “The first year was the hardest, and at the end I had done a picture; the harbour and the ships”, he later recalled. Exhibited in Rotterdam and then the Antwerp Salon, it sold to “an English gentleman … for 300 guilders [£25]. Quite a fortune!”
(Out of Time, 23 September 2023 – 28 April 2024)
The square tower in the background has been identified as Sint-Laurenskerk (St. Laurence's Church), the domed building to its right is the Evangelisch-Lutherse kerk (Evangelical Lutheran Church) and the spire with the flag on top is the Brouwerij "De Twee Leeuwen" (the Two Lions brewery).
Of these three buildings, only St Laurence's Church survived the Second World War.
The Gallery thanks the Stadsarchief Rotterdam for supplying this information.