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This stately Dutch seascape, painted when the artist was only thirty-two years old, is regarded by many as his masterpiece. The main subject of the painting is the ship in the left foreground, which flies the flag and pendant of the Commander-in-Chief of the Dutch fleet. It has been identified as the Liefde, the flagship of Admiral Cornelis Tromp (1629–1691) who was Commander-in-Chief in 1665. The painting may have been commissioned by Tromp to commemorate his brief command.

The Wallace Collection



Calm: Dutch Ships Coming to Anchor




oil on canvas


H 169.93 x W 233 cm

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acquired by Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th Marquess of Hertford, 1846; bequeathed to the nation by Lady Wallace, 1897

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