Hendrick van Anthonissen (29 May 1605 – 12 Nov 1656) was born and died in Amsterdam. He was the son of Aert Anthonisz (a.k.a. Aart van Antum) and painted in the style of his brother-in-law and teacher Jan Porcellis and of Jan van Goyen.
His work can be found in the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, the Hermitage (Saint Petersburg), the National Gallery Prague, the National Museum in Warsaw, the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich (London), the Staatliches Museum in Schwerin and Het Scheepvaartmuseum in Amsterdam.
In the 1630s he lived in The Hague, Leiden, and Leiderdorp, but from 1642 he was back in Amsterdam. He is known for beach scenes and seascapes in the manner of Jan Porcellis, sometimes in grisaille. He was the father of the marine painter Arnoldus van Anthonissen.
Hendrick van Anthonissen signed his works mostly in capital letters, HVA plus as many following letters as he could squeeze in. But this we don’t really know for his early years when he called himself first Hendrick Aertsz and then Hendrick Anthonisz (lastly in 1632). The “van” appears in documents from 1633 onwards; early works may well be marked HA, without the V. Seascapes: St.Petersburg 1647; Amsterdam; Antwerp; Greenwich; Oldenburg; Orléans; Oslo; Warsaw. Dates are very rare. The Petersburg date is corroborated by a clear 1646 date on a larger similar work in sale Cologne, Lempertz 17 May 1962. An earliest date has been read as 1633 on a smaller panel with art-dealers Silvano Lodi (ill. Müllenmeister 1973). Seabattles: Amsterdam, Nederlands Scheepvaart Museum 1639; Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum 1653; Stockholm. Beachscapes: Antwerp, Smidt van Gelder; Schwerin. (ed. M. de Kinkelder, May 2014)). This painting is signed H.v.Anthonissen and dated 1637,