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This painting depicts the Dutch fleet, under the command of Van Wassenaer, lying in anchor in readiness for war with England. This work was originally attributed to van de Velde the Elder, but since 1990 has been credited to his son.
The Second Anglo-Dutch War (1665–1667) was the result of an escalation of tensions between Britain and the Netherlands concerning trade routes. It was the second of four major conflicts between the two nations throughout the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
oil on canvas
H 62.6 x W 79.4 cm
Iveagh Bequest, 1929