The man-of-war on the left has Dutch colours. The small boat with her sprit-sail lowered and her sprit nearly horizontal in the left foreground is a 'kaag', a Dutch vessel with a straight raking stem and clinker-built. Close ahead is a small ship, probably an Indiaman, coming to anchor. There are other ships under sail and becalmed beyond.

The form of the signature makes it clear that this is a painting made by Willem van de Velde the Younger for the studio of his father, Willem the Elder, in Amsterdam. It is in an unusual position and may not be genuine.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1633 - 1707
Full title
Calm: A Dutch Ship coming to Anchor and Another under Sail
Date made
1657
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
55 x 62 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1871
Inventory number
NG870
Location in Gallery