Marine landscape oil on canvas 48.6 x 64cm (19 1/8 x 25 3/16in).
Both the spatial construction and the rendering of the staffage in the present painting can be closely compared with other examples by van der Cabel's Mediterranean harbours which have appeared on the London market (see: L. Salerno, Pittori di paesaggio del Seicento a Roma (Roma 1977-80), 3 vols., vol II, pp. 810-15, cat. nos. 148.1, 148.2 and 148.1, ill.).
Adriaen van der Cabel, nowadays a relatively little known painter, was a significant figure among the last generation of northern Italianate artists and during his lifetime was considered to have been a rival of Gaspar Poussin. Both a painter and engraver, he trained with Jan van Goyen and moved to Italy around 1660, where he became a member of the Bentrueghels in Rome. His work shows the influence of northern artists, such as Jan Wyck, as well as elements derived from the Italian tradition: from Tassi and Filippo Napoletano, amongst others.