Identification of painter Wisselingh

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    I have been asked by the present owner of a painting if I could identify the painter of a sea-battle between an English and a French warship of the period 1801-1815. It was painted in the second half of the 20th century, measures 60 x 90 cm and is signed Wisselingh in red handwriting. The National Maritime Museum at Greenwich was unable to help although they identified at least one Dutch painter of this name but specialising in landscapes. So before putting a final query to the RKD (Netherlands Institute for Art History) perhaps an appeal to the Forum may bring a surprise answer.

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    The landscape painter referred to is:
    Johannes Pieter “van” Wisselingh (born Amersfoort 1812 – died Utrecht 1899).
    According to an entry at [the Dutch-language website]:
    http://www.metzemaekers.com/kunstenaar/602168/wisselingh-johannes-pieter-van.html
    “he had already built up a certain reputation before commencing study under Andreas Schelfhout in the Hague in 1840. In 1848, he moved to Utrecht.”
    [The subscription art website below has information about recent sales for this artist]: http://www.artnet.com/artist/649799/johannes-pieter-van-wisselingh.html
    No mention of his attempting maritime subjects [on either site], but it might be worth running the question past a firm sharing the same family name. E.J. Van Wisselingh & Co have been fine art dealers since 1838. See:
    http://www.wisselingh.com/
    with a contact address:
    wdewinter@wisselingh.com

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