(Leiden 1611 – 1693 London)
Dutch ships under way in a moderate breeze from the anchorage off Vlieland c.1645
Pen, ink and oil on panel, 42 x 62 cm
Signed below the cart on the left: W.V.VELDE
Provenance: Netherlands, collection C.A.P. and G.R. Castendijk, Rotterdam; their sale 1978; Collection De Jong.
Formerly Rob Kattenburg private collection
Literature: M.S. Robinson, The paintings of the Van de Veldes, Greenwich 1990, Vol. 1, p. 110, cat. nr. 820; Remmelt Daalder,Van de Velde & Son Marine Painters. The firm of Willem van de Velde the Elder and Willem van de Velde the Younger, 1640-1707, Leiden 2016, p.82, no. 46
On the left, the beacon (the ‘kaap’) on Vlieland is shown which is at the entrance to the Vlie.
This penpainting belongs to a group showing shipping off Vlieland near the large beacon that is shown in all the penpaintings. All are of an early period drawn by Van de Velde the Elder.
Van de Velde often visited Vlieland, where his brother-in-law Jacob Agenzs was commissioner of the Admiralty of Amsterdam.
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