On the left is a 'smalschip' (a small sprit-rigged transport vessel), with sails set; a 'kaag' (a clinker-built vessel with a straight raking stem) is beached on the right. The painting is a fairly early work, probably dating from the 1650s.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1626 - 1679
Full title
A Small Vessel in Light Airs, and Another Ashore
Date made
probably 1650-60
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
34.8 x 48.1 cm
Inscription summary
Signed
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1871
Inventory number
NG865
Location in Gallery