An English Man-O’War Running into a Crowded Continental Port
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Lorenzo A. Castro ( Antwerp 1672 - 1686 )
Although descended from Portugese parentage, Lorenzo Castro was born and bred in Antwerp, where he received his early training, possibly from his father, Sebastian. It is recorded that he travelled extensively to Lisbon, Genoa, Sicily and Malta, and appears to have settled in England between 1672-1686, painting Mediterranean scenes for a specific market. Many of his works are held in English private and public collections, (most notably the Dulwich Picture Gallery, which has six). In style, Castro was excellent with figures and, indeed, was an accomplished portrait painter who also used the contrast between colour and darkness to intensify his scenes.