Portrait of the ' Vrede' (?)
One of two offset drawings of this 46-gun Amsterdam Admiralty ship of 1650 (the other is PAH5009) of which there is also a drawing by the Elder (PAH3837), to which both relate. The ship was last mentioned in 1667. This example shows it from slightly before the starboard beam, in reverse to PAH5009. The fore course is clewed up, the main furled, mizzen half brailed up, fore and main topsails loose on the caps. The drawing is rubbed on the back and cut to exclude the figurehead. It was clearly worked up in pencil by the Younger over faint offsets, probably taken from a work of his father's. The rounded hull form is not well expressed and though the masts and sails of this and PAH5009 have been offset from each other they have been differently developed. This one is doubtfully signed with a cut signature on the back.
Willem van de Velde, the Younger
Original size: 482 mm x 410 mm
- Image reference: PY5010
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
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