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A Dutch Man-of-war and Various Vessels in a Breeze

Photo credit: The National Gallery, London

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Boats of all shapes and sizes are working hard to navigate a stiff breeze which is whipping up the tops of the waves and flattening the sails tight against the rigging. In the middle distance, on the right, is a frigate; in the left foreground there’s a gaff-rigged transport boat or wijdschip. Both are battling to sail as close to the direction of the wind as possible. Others, such as the small open boat in the foreground, are running with it and must be travelling at some speed.

The National Gallery, London



about 1638-45


Oil on oak


H 41.2 x W 54.8 cm

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Acquisition method

Bought, 1915

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The National Gallery, London

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