Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Backhuysen, Ludolf, born at Emden in 1631, son of the Secretary to the States General of Holland, was destined for official life, but he abandoned this career for painting. He formed his own style from the practical study of marine nature, and acquired unrivalled skill in depicting agitated waves and ships lashed by wind and water. His death occurred in 1709.