Painting of Rotterdam Harbor

The painting by Marinus Drulman shows an unidentified steamship entering a crowded Rotterdam Harbor. The port of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, dates back to the 14th century and is the largest port in Europe.
In the painting, there are several smaller vessels surrounding the steamship. In the background appears a lot of harbor activity. The sky is gray and filled with smoke from the ships, and the sea is still and dark.
Artist Marinus Johannus Drulman (1912-1978) worked under the pseudonym M. de Jongere. He was born in Amsterdam and was known mainly for painting harbors and landscapes.
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1954
de Jongere, M.
Physical Description
oil on canvas (overall material)
without frame: 26 in x 42 in; 66.04 cm x 106.68 cm
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accession number
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Credit Line
Gift of CIGNA Museum and Art Collection
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Work and Industry: Maritime
Cigna Maritime Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History


"I have a painting of the same size signed in the left lower corner by M. de Jongere that has been in the family since to mid 1950's. The ship in the foreground of your painting appears to be the same ship as in our painting. I have compared this painting with ours and they appear to by identical as possible given variations that could arise. The background is also very similar. My father and mother had this painting commissioned and I was told that it was a painting of the "SS Flying Cloud, " a ship owned by the Isbrandtsen Steamship Lines. My father was a sea captain who was employed as a captain for many years by Isbrandtsen Steamship Lines. I know for a fact that the smokestack and mast colors are those of the Isbrandtsen Steamship Line. I was told that my father had sailed on this ship as the Chief Mate. I am very interested in anything more you could tell me about the artist and the painting. I can mail you a photograph of my painting if you wish.Eric "

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