A Dutch flagship with the wind abeam
The ship is viewed from abaft the starboard beam. The yards are braced up, but a point is free on the port tack, it is under courses, topsails and spritsail. The tacks and sheets of the main course are started and the main topgallantsail is loosed on the cap. A flag is at the mizzen and a pendant is at the main.
One of seven drawings freely but accurately done. The group is approximately dated by the subjects and signatures, but by the style and papers they might be later. The van de Veldes clearly found a sale for their Dutch scenes even during the war with Holland, so that drawings cannot be assigned to the Dutch or English periods by the subject alone.
Willem van de Velde the Younger
Original size: 391 mm x 307 mm
- Image reference: PY1798
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
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