Small Dutch Vessels in a Breeze

On the left is a 'kaag' (a Dutch vessel with a straight raking stem and clincker-built) with a Dutch vane. On the right is a small sprit-rigged vessel, probably a 'weyschuit'. A ship in the background flies the flag of vice-admiral of a fleet, and a plain red ensign.

This seascape is probably a studio work painted after an original of the late 1650s by Willem van de Velde the Younger.

Key facts

Artist dates
1633 - 1707
Full title
Small Dutch Vessels in a Breeze
Date made
after 1660
Medium and support
Oil on oak
21 x 29.6 cm
Acquisition credit
Wynn Ellis Bequest, 1876
Inventory number
Location in Gallery