17th century Flemish and Dutch paintings

Bellevois, Jacob Adriaensz.
8.000 €

An English ship is foundering onto the rocks, while a Dutch ship at right narrowly escapes 
Oil on panel : 66,5 X 90,5 cm
Monogrammed “JB”
Frame : 69,6 X 93.6 cm


In short

Bellevois was a master at representing the essence of such a dramatic event during a storm at sea. Our Rotterdam master might have studied painting under Julius Porcellis. But his stormy seas are strongly influenced by Simon de Vliegher.

About Jacob Bellevois

Dutch marine painter
Rotterdam 1620/21 – 1676 Rotterdam

His father, Adriaen Bellevois came from Ghent in Flanders. 

Jacob Bellevois married with Cornelia Uythoeks in 1643 in Rotterdam. The couple had 4 children, but they lost them all. His wife died in 1652, while giving birth to the last child. 

Bellevois remarried with Maeria ‘t Hert in Rotterdam in 1656. The couple was recorded the same year as living in Gouda. They had 2 boys. His second wife died in 1670. 

Bellevois was recorded in Gouda again in 1671.

He visited Hamburg in 1673–74. 

Nothing is known about Bellevois’ training but his monochrome paintings of vessels in a calm sea indicate the influence of the atmospheric, so-called ‘tonal’ art of Jan Porcellis (Ghent 1583/85 – 1632 Zoeterwoude), the local artist from Rotterdam of great repute, and of his son Julius Porcellis (Rotterdam 1610/19 – 1645 Leiden), who was strongly influenced by his father.  

Bellevois’ stormy seas are influenced by Simon de Vliegher (Rotterdam 1600/01 – 1653 Weesp), De Vliegher was born in Rotterdam, but he worked in Delft and later in Amsterdam. Between 1637 and 1649 de Vliegher had a house in his birthplace Rotterdam, so he must have returned here regularly. Between 1642 and 1644 he definitely was here, as he had an assignment to paint organ doors for the St Lawrence church. He died already in 1653. Before our Bellevois got married for the second time in 1656 an inventory was made of his possessions: he owned eight paintings by de Vliegher.

There are some 200 paintings known by Bellevois; very few of these are dated.

About our painting

Jacob Bellevois had two favourite subjects: he painted either several ships together in the calm waters of the estuary of River Maas or one or more ships in distress in a storm near a rocky coast. Our painting is a good example of this second group.

Typical of Bellevois are the small figures of seamen trying to avoid disaster.

Why should you buy this painting?

Because Bellevois masterly captures such a dramatic event in heavy weather conditions.


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