A Small Dutch Vessel close-hauled in a Strong Breeze

This storm scene was painted in the Amsterdam studio of Willem van de Velde the Elder by his son, Willem the Younger. It dates from shortly before father and son left Amsterdam to settle in London.

The black and white striped flag at the masthead of the 'galjoot', the small gaff-rigged vessel in the foreground, may indicate that it comes from the area around the island of Texel. She may well be a pilot going out to assist an incoming ship. In the middle distance is a large ship with a Dutch pennant.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1633 - 1707
Full title
A Small Dutch Vessel close-hauled in a Strong Breeze
Date made
about 1672
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
32.7 x 40.3 cm
Inscription summary
Signed
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1871
Inventory number
NG876
Location in Gallery