Attributed to Hendrik Rietschoof (Hoorn 1687-1746 Koog)
Dutch ships at anchor, before the dock of the Dutch East India Company in Amsterdam oil on canvas 54.5 x 70cm (21 7/16 x 27 9/16in). unframed
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A similar version of the same view by Ludolf Backhuysen, dated 1696, is now in the Amsterdams Historisch Museum.
The Dutch East India Company was founded in 1602 and remained active until 1800. Formed as a combination of mercantile organisations from various cities in Holland and Zeeland, it grew to become the largest trading and transport enterprise in the world.