In the foreground is a 'kaag', a Dutch vessel with a straight raking stem and clinker-built. The ship on the right, a man-of-war, bears the arms of the Province of Holland (the lion rampant) on her stern and a Dutch flag at the main.

This picture was painted by Willem van de Velde for the van de Velde studio in Amsterdam. It shows the influence of Simon de Vlieger (about 1601 - 1653).

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1633 - 1707
Full title
A Dutch Ship and Other Small Vessels in a Strong Breeze
Date made
1658
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
55 x 70 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
Salting Bequest, 1910
Inventory number
NG2573
Location in Gallery