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A romantic evocation of a Mediterranean port scene, alluding to Leghorn (Livorno), Italy, principal port of the Dukedom of Tuscany at the time it was painted. Two large ships are moored at the quayside, that to the left being a Tuscan man-of-war. Her ornately carved stern bears a roundel of Neptune and four prancing hippocampi (sea-horses) which traditionally draw his chariot as god of the sea. One of the small craft on the left is piled with barrels and stores, with a black man in red sitting in silhouette on its lowered yard and another figure behind.
oil on canvas
H 147.5 x W 261.5 cm