The two-masted vessel in the centre foreground has the English ensign and flies a St George's cross. In the left middle distance is a man-of-war flying the Union flag and St George's cross.

A preparatory drawing (London, Royal Collection) identifies the view as the mouth of the Thames at Deal, Kent, but the coast there differs from the drawing and is almost certainly imaginary.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1630/1 - 1708
Full title
An English Vessel and a Man-of-war in a Rough Sea off a Coast with Tall Cliffs
Date made
probably 1680s
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
98.5 x 132 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1871
Inventory number
NG819
Location in Gallery