Willem van de Velde

Willem van de Velde - Large Format Fine Art Prints and Reproductions

Willem van de Velde (1633-1707) was born in Leiden. His father - also called Willem van de Velde (hence I and II) – started life as a sailor and later became an artist for the Dutch navy. At fifteen, Van de Velde II was apprenticed to Simon de Vlieger, who specialised in atmospheric seascapes. Van de Velde II’s early marines are generally tranquil, showing groups of fishing boats off the coast. After he and his father moved to England in 1672, Van de Velde II broadened his range. While he continued to paint marines, he made numerous portraits of individual vessels, such as royal yachts and battle ships. Van de Velde II was commissioned by the British king to paint various naval battles.

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A Harbor

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A barge and some rowing boats at a pier. In the distance, a warship at anchor. c. 1650-1707, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
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Captured English Ships after the Four Days’ Battle

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Battered English and Dutch ships lie in Goeree Gat after the indecisive engagement known as the Four Days’ Battle (11–14 June 1666). In the foreground is the captured warship the Swiftsure, with the English royal arms on its counter. Its bowsprit, foremast and main mast have been splintered by cannon fire; the English flag droops off its stern. At the far...
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Entrance to a Dutch Port

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In 1672 the artist and his father, Willem van de Velde the Elder, moved from Amsterdam to England, where they were awarded pensions from Charles II and the duke of York. This picture dates from the early Dutch period, about 1665, but it is already remarkably mature in its balance between meticulous draftsmanship and broad effects of daylight and atmosphere.
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Naval Battle between Michiel Adriaensz de...

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Naval Battle between Michiel Adriaensz de Ruyter and the Duke of York on the ""Royal Prince"" during the Battle of Solebay, 7 June 1672: episode from the Third Anglo-Dutch War. c. 1691, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
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Ships at anchor on the coast

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Ships at anchor on the coast. In the center a fairly small warship, left and right fishing boats and rowing boats. c. 1660, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
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The Cannon Shot

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A Dutch warship in a calm, with its sails loosed, fires a cannon shot. Two sloops float to either side of the man-of-war, and another Dutch ship with lowered sails can be seen in the distance. The tranquillity of this scene contrasts starkly with The Gust, in which a storm-battered English warship drifts rudderless on the high waves. c. 1680, Rijksmuseum,...
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The Capture of the Royal Prince

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On 13 June 1666, the third day of the Four Days’ Battle, the English flagship the Royal Prince ran aground on a sandbank off the English coast. It was then captured by Cornelis Tromp, who transferred its crew to his vessel, the Gouda (at left). Admiral de Ruyter commanded Tromp to burn this prize. He would have preferred to tow it back to the Netherlands...
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The gust

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A Ship on the High Seas Caught by a Squall, Known as "The Gust". This large, 70-gun British warship is in distress. A fierce gust of wind has broken one of its masts, and a sail has come loose. In 1672, Willem van de Velde II, together with his father, who was also a marine painter, entered the service of the English court. He made this painting and its...
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