The vessel in the centre, with a red and white ensign and flags, is a small Dutch transport vessel (possibly a 'wijdschip'). A ship with a red and white flag at the main is in the right distance.

This painting can probably be dated to the late 1640s or early 1650s.

Key facts

Artist dates
1626 - 1679
Full title
A Small Dutch Vessel before a Light Breeze
Date made
probably about 1645-55
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
44.3 x 55.6 cm
Acquisition credit
Salting Bequest, 1910
Inventory number
Location in Gallery