An imaginary view, evoking the Neopolitan shore of the bay of Baiae, at sunset. On the right, in the middleground, a large vessel with three masts is anchored offshore. Two rowing boats ferry the passengers to land. In the centre middleground is a small fortification with a tower close to the water's edge that is topped with a blue flag. A vessel lies on its side on the shore next to the tower, with figures milling around. In the foreground, people wearing peasant costume are gathered on the shore engaged in a variety of activities. On the right, several people are fishing, their catch collected in wicker baskets. In the centre, three figures are gathered around a campfire, with a cooking vessel suspended over the flames. On the left, several fishermen work on boats pulled up on the shore. Behind them a craggy cliff rises up, and trees are visible beyond this cliff. A rosy glow on the horizon lights the scene in a dramatic manner. A scattering of other vessels and rocky outcrops can be seen on this distant rosy horizon.
Where to see this painting?
Manchester City Galleries
Manchester Art Gallery
Mosley Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, England, M2 3JL
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