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Title A Calm Sea With Two Fishing Boats and a Third Beached
Collection Mount Edgcumbe House
Artist Attributed to Velde, Willem van de, II (Dutch painter, 1633-1707)
Date Earliest probably about 1670
Date Latest possibly about 1685
Description There were once several paintings by Willem van de Velde II at Mount Edgcumbe House. This is one of the three attributed works that remain. The subject is typical of the artist's marine paintings, featuring several boats and animated by numerous figures. Fishing vessels on calm seas were particularly common among his earlier works. Some areas appear to lack the subtlety of Van de Velde's brushwork, however, as well as his technical accuracy. It is possible that these inconsistencies are a result of conservation. Much of the collection was damaged when the house was bombed in World War II.
Current Accession Number Plymm.022
Subject marine
Measurements 59.3 x 75.2 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Given in lieu of tax from the estate of Edward Piers, 7th Earl of Mount Edgcumbe, 1985.
Provenance Probably purchased from the artist by Sir Richard Edgcumbe (1639-1688), 1685; by descent.

Back of stretcher: handwritten label, 'signed W. H. Velde on back of original canvas' (canvas has now been lined); chalk 'V. DE V. No. 2'. Back of frame: chalk, 'V. DE V. No. 1'; pencil, 'ME', '14[circled]', 'No. 1'.

Close examination of the painting reveals extensive areas of overpainting.

Rights Owner Copyright Mount Edgcumbe Collection
Author Dr Anne L. Cowe



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