Clouds on the right are banked over a fleet of men-of-war in the distance. One is firing a salute and one, shown from the side, has the flag and pennant of a commander-in-chief. In the foreground, a man with a basket walks from the right; behind him a group of men play in the shallows.

The figures are probably by the artist himself, though they resemble those of his brother, Adriaen van de Velde, who was employed in Amsterdam to paint figures in works by other artists.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1633 - 1707
Full title
Dutch Vessels close Inshore at Low Tide, and Men Bathing
Date made
1661
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
63.2 x 72.2 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1871
Inventory number
NG871
Location in Gallery