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W: 505mm x H: 610mm x D: 50mm
W: 20" x H: 24" x D: 2"
Approx. Weight: 3kg
This work is
framed (but can be supplied either framed or unframed)
About "Flying Dutchman"
The legend of The Flying Dutchman is said to have started in 1641 when a Dutch ship sank off the coast of the Cape of Good Hope.
Captain van der Decken was pleased. The trip to the Far East had been highly successful and at last, they were on their way home to Holland. As the ship approached the tip of Africa, the captain thought that he should make a suggestion to the Dutch East India Company (his employers) to start a settlement at the Cape on the tip of Africa, thereby providing a welcome respite to ships at sea.
He was so deep in thought that he failed to notice the dark clouds looming and only when he heard the lookout scream out in terror, did he realise that they had sailed straight into a fierce storm. The captain and his crew battled for hours to get out of the storm and at one stage it looked like they would make it. Then they heard a sickening crunch - the ship had hit treacherous rocks and began to sink. As the ship plunged downwards, Captain VandeDecken knew that death was approaching. He was not ready to die and screamed out a curse: "I WILL round this Cape even if I have to keep sailing until doomsday!"
So, even today whenever a storm brews off the Cape of Good Hope, if you look into the eye of the storm, you will be able to see the ship and its captain - The Flying Dutchman. Don't look too carefully, for the old folk claim that whoever sights the ship will die a terrible death.
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I started painting as a hobby, at a very young age and after about 45 years still enjoy the relaxing feeling I get after completing a satisfactory piece. I was inspired by my mother's nephew, the well known Enslin Vorster. Through the years I’ve finished several paintings which can be found in many South African homes as well as in the USA and Europe.
I firmly believe that a painting need to be realistic. I mainly do landscapes, seascapes and wildlife and even made some memory paintings for people who brought photos from their past.
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