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 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
32.7 x 40.3 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1871
Inventory number
Location in Gallery