Eminent Marine Artists Part IV Henry Cornelius Vroom
Vroom was born in Harlem in 1566 and learnt to draw from a china painter. He later sailed to Spain, staying in Seville, then travelled to Rome where he learnt to paint harpsichords and amassed a stock of religious pictures which he hoped to sell in Spain. The ship in which he returned was cast ashore and in Lisbon, a student suggested he paint the storm and shipwreck. A Portuguese nobleman bought the result. Returning to Harlem, the Earl of Nottingham commissioned him to design the tapestries commemorating the Spanish Armada victories. Subsequently moderately successful, he died in 1640.