Mesdag Willem (23 February 1831 – 10 July 1915)

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Hendrik Willem Mesdag (23 February 1831 – 10 July 1915) was a Dutch marine painter.
He was born in Groningen, the son of the banker Klaas Mesdag and his wife Johanna Wilhelmina van Giffen. Mesdag was encouraged by his father, an amateur painter, to study art. He married Sina van Houten in 1856, and when they inherited a fortune from her father, Mesdag retired from banking to pursue a career as a painter.

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