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Calm: A Fishing Boat at Anchor

Photo credit: The Wallace Collection

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Typical of the scenes of calm with shipping on which Van de Velde the Younger’s fame rested in his native country, the picture shows Dutch fishing boats at low tide among the mud banks of Holland’s northern coast. A smalschip, designed for inland waterways, is carefully placed slightly off-centre with a ship in the right mid-distance firing a gun and a beached weyschuit, rowboat, and kaag, cargo boat, in the left distance together creating a satisfying pyramidal composition.

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  • Medium

    oil on oak panel

  • Measurements

    38.4 x 49.3 cm

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  • Acquisition method

    acquired by Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th Marquess of Hertford, 1857; bequeathed to the nation by Lady Wallace, 1897


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