The Dutch Flute 'St John Baptist'

A Dutch flute, 'St John Baptist', is depicted on the left together with another ship positioned on the right. A flute was usually used as a merchant ship and was a full-sterned vessel with narrow works built up aft. The stern of the flute is ornately carved and bears the motif of the ship, an image of John the Baptist, holding a cross in his left hand. Her anchor is visible and a number of figures have been depicted on the deck.

Very little is known of the artist, except that he lived in Rotterdam and practised as a naval architect. He was a draughtsman in the art of making grisaille pictures and his work is closely identified with that of Willem van de Velde the Elder. The picture is signed 'C P Mööy' on the spar positioned left of centre and it is further identified and dated on the ship's transom beam, 'De S IAN/16/68'.

Object Details

ID: BHC0871
Collection: Fine art
Type: Painting
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Mooy, Cornelis Pietersz
Vessels: St John Baptist 1668
Date made: 1668
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Caird Collection
Measurements: Frame: 743 mm x 985 mm x 60 mm;Painting: 585 mm x 832 mm x 6 mm

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