(Leiden 1633 – 1707 London)
The Dutch fleet assembling before the Four Days’ Battle of 11-14 June 1666, with the ‘Liefde’ and the ‘Gouden Leeuwen’ in the foreground
Signed and dated: W.V.Velde 1670 (lower left, on the floating board)
Oil on canvas, 133.3 x 203.2 cm.
Provenance: Scotland, 1771, collection of the Earl of Wemyss and March, Amisfield HouseScotland, 1881 collection of the Earl of Wemyss and March, Amisfield House: Scotland, 1854; The collection of the Earl of Wemyss and March, Amisfield House; Scotland, before 1830, The collection of the Earl of Wemyss and March was transferred to Gosford House, Longniddry, East Lothian, Scotland, 1893, Gosford House, Longniddry, East Lothian
Literature: Catalogue of Pictures at Amisfield House, 1771, no. 8. (manuscript catalogue); Catalogue of Pictures at Amisfield House, 1771, no. 8, (catalogue printed in 1792); (Probably) Catalogue of Pictures at Amisfield House, c. 1801, V&A Museum, London, MS86EE65 (as “8 Vanderveldt A sea piece H. 5-5 W. 6-8”); Catalogue of Pictures at Amisfield House, 1810, no. 8; J. Smith, A Catalogue Raisonné of the Works of the Most Eminent Dutch, Flemish, and French Painters, London, 1835, vol. VI, p. 338, no. 63; G.F. Waagen, Galleries and Cabinets of Art, London, 1857, vol. IV, p. 438 (as “A slightly agitated sea. On the right, in the shadow of a cloud, is a two-masted vessel; on the left, in the middle-distance, a three-masted vessel in sail. On the right are more vessels and dark clouds. A large picture of peaceful effect and very careful execution”); Catalogue of Pictures at Gosford House, 1888, no. 44. C.P. Hofstede de Groot, Oud Holland, vol. 11, 1893, p. 218; Ibidem, p. 220 (as “Schepen in den storm”); C.P. Hofstede de Groot, A Catalogue Raisonné of the Works of the Most Eminent Dutch, Flemish, and French Painters, based on the work of J. Smith, London, 1923, vol. VII, p. 110, no. 437; Catalogue of Pictures at Gosford House, 1948, no. 198; M.S. Robinson, Van de Velde: A catalogue of the Paintings of the Elder and the Younger Willem van de Velde, Greenwich, 1990, vol. II, pp. 741-42, no. 255; M.S. Robinson, The Paintings of the Willem van de Veldes, vol. 2 pp. 741, no. 255; R. 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.
Exhibited: London, The Royal Academy, Works by the Old Masters, 1889, no. 115. (no. 8)
Pdf Brochure,The painting of The Battle of Texel, by Willem van de Velde the Younger
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