In the middle distance on the right is a frigate with a Dutch flag at the main. In the left foreground there is a gaff-rigged 'wijdschip' ( a small Dutch trnasport vessel).

Simon de Vlieger was one of the leading marine painters in the Netherlands in the 17th century. His early works are known for the muted tonality while his later pictures, of which the present work is an example, indicate the transition from this 'tonal' phase of Dutch painting towards the more classical style of Jan van de Cappelle and the Van de Veldes.

Key facts

Artist dates
about 1601 - 1653
Full title
A Dutch Man-of-war and Various Vessels in a Breeze
Date made
about 1638-45
Medium and support
Oil on oak
41.2 x 54.8 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1915
Inventory number
Location in Gallery