Quarter? galley of the 'Suffolk', 1680
This is one of two drawings (along with PAH1889) of ship decoration. Both works are executed in very brisk pencil and wash. They have been approximately dated by their subject. This is a starboard quarter-gallery view of a vessel from slightly before the beam. There are five small windows with the cross of St George above and below. Above, there is a lion and a unicorn, which both face the same direction. On the quarter is a figure holding a shield and wearing a sword over the right shoulder. On the top right is a series of small annotated sketches. They are numbered although they seem to be unrelated to the drawing of the quarter-gallery. There is a drawing in the Boymans Museum, Rotterdam, which is also a study for the quarter-gallery of the same ship (MB1866/ T 366). The ship in the Boymans Museum drawing was previously thought to be the 'Suffolk' although it is now catalogued as the 'Elizabeth.'
Willem van de Velde, the Younger
Original size: 318 mm x 329 mm
- Image reference: PY1890
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
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