A Dutch flagship shortening sail
A Dutch flagship shortening sail. To the right, a starboard view of a ship under bare poles with a fresh wind on the starboard quarter; a flag at the mizzen. The main course is furled, the fore course hauled up and hands are furling the fore and main topsails. In the left background, a view from before the lee beam of a ship close-hauled on the starboard tack. Two other ships in the distance.
Part of a group of eleven drawings compositional in character. Only very approximately dated but distinguished from later sketches for paintings by the greater detail and by the lack of heavy pencil-work in the sky.
There is another version of this drawing in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. It is almost certainly a copy by an 18th century hand, and even this drawing is not above suspicion.
Willem van de Velde, the Younger
Original size: 214 mm x 275 mm
- Image reference: PW6921
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
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