Pieter Cornelis Dommersen was born into a highly-artistic family. They were based in Utrecht, Holland but they moved to England at the end of the 19th century. His brother Christian C Dommersen was a marine painter and his son Raymond Dommersen was well known for his paintings of the Dutch waterways. His son often accompanied him on his extensive European travels, painting and sketching many scenes along the way.
Pieter Cornelis Dommersen is mostly recognised for marine and coastal images. His excellent compositions capture the atmosphere exquisitely, may it be traumatic seas and raging skies during a storm, or serene waters and harbour scenes.
He exhibited at the Royal Academy and the Royal Society of British Artists, Suffolk Street, between 1865 and 1878.