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Willem van de Velde, A Dutch Ship, a Yacht and Smaller Vessels in a Breeze

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Full title A Dutch Ship, a Yacht and Smaller Vessels in a Breeze
Artist Willem van de Velde
Artist dates 1633 - 1707
Date made about 1660
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 33 × 36.5 cm
Inscription summary Signed
Acquisition credit Wynn Ellis Bequest, 1876
Inventory number NG979
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
Previous owners
A Dutch Ship, a Yacht and Smaller Vessels in a Breeze
Willem van de Velde

Small waves scud across the sea, the boats running before the stiff breeze. In the centre, its white sail straining, is a Statenjacht (state yacht), a vessel used by the ‘States General’, the Dutch chamber of provincial delegates in The Hague. It flies the Dutch colours and the arms of the Province of Holland on the stern. To the right is a kaag, an inshore vessel with a flat bottom often used as a ferry. A merchant ship with the Dutch colours on the mainmast leans with the wind further away to the left.

Willem van de Velde the Younger probably collaborated on the picture for the family studio where he worked alongside his father, Willem the Elder, and his younger brother Adriaen.

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