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Calm: an English ketch rigged yacht, thought to be the Isabella, with other ships and vessels near the shore
On the right and a little out from the shore is a royal yacht, believed to be the 'Isabella', flying the Royal Standard at the masthead. She can be seen firing a salute as a ship's barge approaches from the left. The 'Isabella' was a ketch rigged yacht built at Greenwich in 1683 by Phineas Pett and was the last he built. The decoration on the yacht above the four stern windows may include a full-length figure of Atlas holding up the middle stern lantern with his left hand. The figures on either side of him may be sea gods and goddesses. In the left foreground there is a small fishing boat at the water's edge. There are three men on board while two others nearby in the water are hauling a net, the floats of which can be seen to the right. There are two stumps with a crosspiece in the right foreground. In the right background is a yacht with sails set. In the left background are four large ships at anchor, the middle one flying a flag at the main, probably a union flag, and therefore the commander-in-chief's ship. There are other ships and vessels in the distance and land is visible on the left.
- Image reference: BHC3422
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Caird Collection