Ships driving onto a rocky shore in a heavy sea
East Indiamen are shown in a storm, being driven on to rocks. The ship on the right is perilously close to the coast while in the foreground to the right wreckage in the water indicates that a ship has already gone ashore. The sky, which dominates the composition, is highly stylized in effect with layers of dark cloud giving way to brilliant light in the centre. It has been suggested that the painting may have been produced around the time of the Great Storm of 1703.
Cornelis van de Velde
- Image reference: BHC0985
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
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