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Willem van de Velde: 'Dutch Vessels lying Inshore in a Calm, one Saluting'

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To the right is a 'kaag' - a Dutch vessel with a straight raking stern and clinker-built. On the extreme left is a 'weyschuit' - small Dutch open boat with a straight raking stern, usually rigged with a sprit. A little further out is a states yacht ('statenjacht'), a type of vessel used by the Chamber of Representatives (States General) to transport its own members and visiting dignitaries.

This seascape was painted partly in the van de Velde studio in 1660. The figures may be the work of Hendrick Dubbels, whose work is also represented in the National Gallery's Collection ('A Dutch Yacht and Other Vessels Becalmed near the Shore').

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