Dutch Ships in a Calm

On the left there is a fishing boat and a 'hoeker' - a Dutch fishing vessel. On the right is a 'kaag' - a Dutch vessel with a straight raking stem and clinker-built. Other vessels can be seen beyond.

This work was probably painted by Willem van de Velde for the family studio, around 1660. At least eight versions of the composition are known.

Key facts

Artist dates
1633 - 1707
Full title
Dutch Ships in a Calm
Date made
about 1660
Medium and support
Oil on oak
35.7 x 43.3 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
Presented by Mrs Alice Bleecker, 1981
Inventory number
Location in Gallery