Royal yachts in a storm
The scene of two royal yachts and various other vessels in a storm bears a strong resemblance to van de Velde's work, not only in the composition with its low viewpoint and the vessels riding out the waves in the middle ground, but also in the dramatic lighting of the water and sails as well as the rays of lightning between the clouds. In the 18th century a storm painting like this would have satisfied the audience's appetite for sublime subject matter.
- Image reference: BHC1024
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
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