I Backhuysen

Neptune and Amphitrite Drawn by a Sea Horse and a Unicorn

1701
Primarily known for his paintings of seascapes that captured heavy swells, stormy skies and crashing waves, Backhuysen also became an accomplished engraver toward the end of his life. At the age of 71, the artist produced a series of ten prints illustrating port life in Amsterdam. While many of these prints feature secular subjects, in this first scene the artist combines mythological content. In the foreground, a marine horse and unicorn pull Neptune and a seated Amphitrite, who holds the Amsterdam coat of arms steadily with her left hand.
Artist
Title
Neptune and Amphitrite Drawn by a Sea Horse and a Unicorn
Date
1701
Medium
Print
Materials
etching on laid paper
Dimensions
20 x 26.3 cm trimmed; plate: 19.8 x 26.2 cm
Nationality
Dutch
Credit line
Purchased 1931
Accession number
3789