Calm: an English sixth-rate firing a salute
A variety of shipping is shown in a calm. In the foreground on the left a small boat with two figures on board is rowing towards the left. One figure works at the oars and the other is standing up in the boat and attends to a fishing net on the starboard side. To the right is an elaborately decorated sixth-rate ship in port-quarter view. It is has been suggested that the main vessel is the 'Peregrine Galley', which was a 20-gun ship built at Sheerness in 1700, since it resembles an annotated pen and ink drawing of this vessel with manuscript notes relating to her decoration.
Willem van de Velde, the Younger
- Image reference: BHC0908
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
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