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
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
Dimensions
44.3 x 55.6 cm
Acquisition credit
Salting Bequest, 1910
Inventory number
NG2588
Location in Gallery