Sailing Vessels at Wilders Plads, Copenhagen
Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg Danish
On August 17, 1830, Eckersberg noted in his diary that he had finished a painting of a ship unloading its cargo and drying its sails. This drawing, showing men loading barrels, served as a point of departure for the painting in question. Wilders Plads, or square, is located in Christianshavn, across the harbor from where Eckersberg lived. At right in the composition are warehouses where the cargo must have been offloaded.