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A Dutch Flagship before the Wind

Photo credit: National Maritime Museum

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This small oil on panel is not by van de Velde the Younger but by an unidentified follower in his general manner, probably in the late seventeenth or possibly early eighteenth century. The grey sea and Dutch subject, and the fact it is a small cabinet item on wood panel, perhaps make a Dutch hand more likely than an English one but the latter is possible. The ship is either passing astern of, or has communicated with, what appears to be a substantial kaag coming out of the picture plane in starboard bow view.

National Maritime Museum


  • Date

    late 17th C–early 18th C

  • Medium

    oil on panel

  • Measurements

    12.5 x 20.3 cm

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