Calm: a Dutch bezan yacht and other vessels in a crowded harbour
On the left is a bezan yacht lying alongside the shore in port-quarter view. She has a common Dutch ensign and a small vane at her masthead and there is a small boat lying at her stern. The yacht is elaborately carved and decorated, with open carved work down to the top of the transom and a small shield on the tafferel painted with putti riding on sea animals and blowing bubbles. Historically, the picture has been connected with the journey of Charles II to The Hague in 1660 on the way to his restoration to the throne of England, although it is not possible to substantiate this theory.
Willem van de Velde, the Elder
- Image reference: BHC0862
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
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