A Dutch Bezan Yacht and Many Other Vessels in a Crowded Harbour beside a Tavern

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Van de Velde has included a wide variety of craft in this work. These include the bezan yacht in the left foreground, a prince’s yacht further away to the right, and in the right foreground, a pont (a vessel used for transporting carts, horses, etc.) which appears to have a family living on it. There are dolphins in the sea. The main focus is on a large tent serving as a tavern and the bezan yacht moored alongside. This pen-painting, which van de Velde made around 1660, may illustrate a military event, such as an embarkation, which is suggested by the presence of soldiers in the foreground. It has much in common with the ‘parade’ pictures which other artists, including van de Velde the Younger, were painting at the same time, although these would not normally include the shore and figures in the foreground.

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A Dutch Bezan Yacht and Many Other Vessels in a Crowded Harbour beside a Tavern




oil & grisaille on panel


H 75.7 x W 106.7 cm

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