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Willem van de Velde: 'A Dutch Ship coming to Anchor'

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Room A: Paintings after 1600

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.

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