The small boat with her mainsail half lowered in the centre is a 'kaag' (a Dutch vessel with a straight raking stem and clinker-built). A vane striped blue and yellow is at the masthead and a flag in the same colours is at the peak. A 'weyschuit' (a small Dutch open boat with a raking stern) approaches across rough seas from the left. In the right distance a 'smalschip' (a small Dutch transport vessel) or similar boat can be seen.

Another signed picture of a similiar subject by Willem van de Velde is in Stockholm (Nationalmuseum).

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1633 - 1707
Full title
A Dutch Vessel in a Strong Breeze
Date made
about 1670
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
23.2 x 33.2 cm
Inscription summary
Signed
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by Lord Farnborough, 1838
Inventory number
NG150
Location in Gallery