Born at Frankfort, A.D., 1625--died A.D. 1687, aged 62. According to Bryan, this eminent painter visited Amsterdam when very young, and in 1642, at the age of 17, he visited Paris. . . . He passed six years in Rome; . . . "His works," he adds, "frequently represent Italian sea-ports, in which he introduced an infinite number of figures, [and] . . . embellished his pictures with architecture, and the ruins of ancient monuments and statues. . . ." DESCRIPTION. . . . It represents a Seaport in the Levant, with the remains of an ancient triumphal arch; on the quay, which forms the foreground, are numerous figures in their various costumes and busied in various occupations; vessels and boats within the harbour and in the offing: among the group are Turkish merchants bartering and superintending slaves, and labourers loading a mule with bales of merchandize, while others are lading boats to transport the merchandize to the vessels anchored in the harbour; on the left is seen a negro on a camel descending a hill leading to the shore, where another group of figures surround and are drinking at a fountain. . . . The sky and distances are treated with a strict attention to nature; the colouring is clear and harmonious, . . . It was formerly in the collection of Mr. Eycoot, and recently from the collection of M.M. Zachary, Esq. of England. [P. 15.]
A Catalogue of Italian, Flemish, Spanish, Dutch, French, and English Pictures; which have been collected in Europe and brought to this country by Mr. Richard Abraham, of New Bond Street, London, and are now exhibiting at the American Academy of Fine Arts. March, 1830. Admittance, forty cents. Children under twelve years, half price. Catalogues, twelve and a half cents. New York: Printed by R. & G.S. Wood, No. 265 Pearl Street.