Artist Ludolf Backhuysen, Dutch, 1630-1708
  • Coastal Scene with a Man-of-War and other Vessels
Date 1692
Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions Overall (stretcher): 33 7/8 × 43 7/8 inches (86 × 111.4 cm)
Image: 33 5/8 × 43 1/2 inches (85.4 × 110.5 cm)
Credit Line Museum Purchase, Robert H. Tannahill Fund, General Museum Funds, New Endowment Fund, Mr. & Mrs. Benson Ford Fund, Henry Ford II Fund, Mr. & Mrs. Walter B. Ford II Fund, Josephine and Ernest Kanzler Foundation Fund, J. Lawrence Buell Fund, K.T. Keller Fund, Macauley Fund, Laura H. Murphy Fund, Barbara L. Scripps Fund, Mr. & Mrs. Allan Shelden III Fund, Henry E. & Consuelo Wenger Fund, Matilda R. Wilson Fund, Mr. & Mrs. Horace E. Dodge Memorial Fund; gifts of James E. Scripps, John L. Booth and Mrs. Virginia Booth Vogel, Mr. & Mrs. Edgar B. Whitcomb, Dr. Wilhelm R. Valentiner, Edsel B. Ford Fund, Earhart Foundation, Mr. & Mrs. Lee Hills, Estate of Bela Hubbard, Kleinberger Galleries, Anthony F. Reyre, Mrs. Joseph B. Schlotman, E. and A. Silberman, Mr. & Mrs. Edgar B. Whitcomb and Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence P. Fisher by exchange
Accession Number 2002.134
Department European Painting
On View Dutch Golden Age S380, Level 3 (see map)
Signed Signed, on beam in center foreground: L. Backhuizen Ft.
Inscriptions Inscribed, at lower right of the gentleman's feet: 1692
Jean-François Boursault, called Boursault-Malherbe [1752-1842] (Paris, France);
May 7, 1832, sold by (Paillet & C. P. Coutellier, Paris, France) [unsold].
possibly 1832, purchased by Henry Artaria;
1832-1835, acquired by Edmund Higginson (Saltmarche, Herefordshire, England);
June 4, 1864, sold by (Christie's, London, England) auction Higginson, lot 149;
June 4, 1846, (Rutley, London, England);
Humphrey St. John-Mildmay [d. 1853] (London, England);
by descent to his eldest son, Humphrey Francis St. John-Mildmay [d. 1866] (London, England);
by inheritance to his brother, Henry Bingham-Mildmay [d. 1905] (London, England);
June 24, 1893, sold by (Christie's, London, England) auction Henry Bingham-Mildmay, lot 4;
June 24, 1893 (Agnews, London, England);
Walter de Zoete (Colchester, England and North Berwick, Scotland);
April 5, 1932, sold by (Christie's, London, England) auction Walter de Zoete, lot 42;
April 5, 1935, (A. Staal, Amsterdam, Netherlands);
Alfred Cohen (Amsterdam, Netherlands);
confiscated by the German National Socialist (Nazi) government;
October 15, 1999, sold by (Arno Winterberg, Heidelberg, Germany) lot 695 [as in the manner of Ludolf Backhuysen [copy?]);
1999, purchased by (Trafalgar Galleries, London, England);
2001, restituted to Cohen family [through the Art Loss Register];
2002-purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
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