Portrait of the 'Victory', 2nd rate built 1620, 82 guns, rebuilt 1666
Portrait of the 'Victory' viewed from slightly before the starboard beam, laid up to a single port bow mooring or her port anchor, showing only the lower masts and the mizzen topmast and yard standing. On the broadside the ship mounts thirteen guns on the gun deck, twelve on the middle deck, seven on the upper deck and three on the quarter deck. The ship is accurately drawn except for a slight muddle around the quarter. The work may be based on an offset and the inscribed date 'de ficteri 1672' copied in pencil (top right) and in Indian ink 'd: fictori 1672' (top left) is probably that of the drawing. However the ship is not shown as she would have been laid up in winter and may have been drawn as late as March 1673. The signature 'W.V.V.J.' in brown ink may also be some years later. The flick of pencil to represent reflection under the quarter is unusual for the younger van de Velde.
Willem van de Velde, the Younger
Original size: 310 mm x 404 mm
- Image reference: PY5018
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
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