In this painting a fishing fleet is forced to abandon its work and head for the harbor as a storm front approaches from the sea.

On a cliff-top above the harbor, the white stone of an abbey catches the sunlight, a beacon of hope for the boat crews. The two arms of the harbor, each crowned by a lighthouse, identify the coastal town as Whitby, while the vessels depicted are drawn from very different eras – a local fishing boat, an older square-rigger, and a steamer in the distance.


Mr Nordstrom; Marlinds Ram-och Konsthandel. An Art Loss Register search has been carried out.

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