Document 3: De vrachtschepen van Aert Schouman (1710 – 1792)
Aert Schouman is a well-known artist from Dordrecht, Holland. He produced many paintings and drawings. His work includes portraits, landscapes, exotic birds, river views, engravings, chimney pieces, even wall paper. He lived in Dordrecht from 1710 until 1753, after which he moved to The Hague. A lot has been written about his work, but nothing about the ships on his paintings. In his time, ships were a part of everyday life in Holland. They were used to transport people and goods all over the country.