Portrait of the 'Harwick'?
Possibly a portrait of the 'Harwich', viewed from the starboard quarter. The decks of the ship are crowded with people and the ship has square decorated ports. On the tafferel, royal arms (not in reverse) are depicted with a crown and helmet above and a floriated design around it. There are also two small doorways leading onto an open balcony which extends the whole width of the stern, but which does not connect with the quarter-galleries. There is a row of windows below. The ship might be the 'Harwich' which, according to 'Mariners's Mirror', was 'built likewise with Balconies and Galleries partly imitating the setting off of some of the French Men-of-War.' The work is offset, but with the arms worked up correctly. It has been approximately dated based on the subject.
Willem van de Velde, the Elder
Original size: 305 mm x 495 mm
- Image reference: PY9360
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
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