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Follower of Willem Van De Velde II (Dutch, 1635(?)-1710(?))
Ships in Olden Days, c. 1700
Oil on canvas, 18-5/8 x 26 in.
August Heckscher Collection.  1959.131




About This Work

Although by an unidentified hand, Ships in Olden Days most closely relates to the style of the Dutch painter, Willem Van de Velde the Younger. Born into an artistic family - his father and brothers were also painters - Van de Velde specialized in marine views of the Dutch coast. His paintings portray contemporary vessels with an almost photographic exactitude that provides valuable documentation of the Dutch shipping industry and the appearance of 17th century ships. Van de Velde worked in Amsterdam until 1672 when he moved to London following the collapse of the Dutch economy. There his work helped shape the development of England's seascape tradition in the 18th century.




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