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Title Seascape: Ships and Boats in a Calm off a Rocky Shore
Collection New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester
Artist Velde, Willem van de, II (Dutch painter, 1633-1707)
Previously attributed to manner of Velde, Willem van de, II (Dutch painter, 1633-1707)
Previously attributed to Velde, Cornelis van de (Dutch painter, active 1699-1729)
Date Earliest possibly 1670
Date Latest 1707
Signed yes
Description This large seascape was painted by Willem van der Velde the younger, a member of a successful dynasty of seventeenth-century Dutch marine painters. Willem van der Velde the younger is generally considered to be one of Holland's greatest marine painters, a master in the interpretation of light and atmosphere. In mid-life he left Amsterdam with his father, also called Willem, and came to work for King Charles II in England. This painting, which depicts two large, full-rigged British ships at anchor with smaller wherries in the foreground, is likely to have been painted in the later part of his career.
Current Accession Number L.F17.1935.0.0
Former Accession Number 17 A 1935
Inscription front cl (on rock) 'W. v. V.' (in monogram)
Subject figure; marine; everyday life; trade and industry (whaling)
Measurements 35.2 x 48.2 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by J. W. C. Bickley 1935.
Publications Leicester Museum and Art Gallery: Collection of Paintings, Leicester, 1958, cat. no. 155, ill. 2f, as style of Willem van der Velde; Wright, C., Old Master Paintings in Britain: An Index of Continental Old Master Paintings Executed before c.1800 in Public Collections in the United Kingdom, London, 1976, p. 210.

According to museum records, there is evidence of an earlier signature beneath the monogram.

A drawing at Holkham Hall (portfolio I,14) closely resembles this painting, with a similar rock formation to the bottom left and ships off the coast.

Rights Owner Leicester City Museums Service
Author Dr Angela Smith



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