Three-masters with billowing sails and fluttering flags lie just off a rocky coast. Along the shoreline, people are busily bringing the fish ashore. The fish are already being sold in the foreground.
Adam Willaerts made a great many fantasy landscapes, to which he often added realistic elements. In the background of this painting, you can see the palace of Rudolf II in Prague.
Sale Amsterdam, Frederik Muller & Co, 6 November 1900, lot 351; purchased by the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam (inv. no. SK-A-1927), 1900; on long-term loan from the Rijksmuseum, since 2000