Willem van de Velde the Younger (1633 - 1707)
- Calm: Dutch Ships coming to Anchor
- c. 1655
- Oil on canvas
- Image size: 169.93 x 233 cm
Object size: 201.5 x 267 x 16 cm
- Signature: 'W V Velde'
- Great Gallery
- Willem van de Velde the Younger’s stately Dutch seascape, Calm: Dutch
Ships coming to Anchor, is one of the most important works produced by
the Van de Velde workshop during its Dutch period, before the family
moved to England in 1671 – 2. The ship in the left foreground flies the flag and
pendant of the Commander-in-Chief of the Dutch fleet. It has been identified
as the Liefde commanded by Cornelis Tromp, who was briefly Commander of
the Fleet in 1665. On the far right sails the Leeuwarden and in the distance
the tower of Brandaris on the island of Terschelling can just be discerned. In
view of its subject, this painting may have been commissioned by Tromp in
or soon after 1665, to commemorate his brief command.
It provides a wonderful visual counterpoint to Rubens’s bustling
vision of the Flemish landscape on the opposite wall. In The Rainbow Landscape, Rubens celebrates the agrarian wealth of Flanders, while Van de Velde in this painting commemorates the seafaring prowess of the Dutch in the seventeenth century.
It was acquired by the 4th Marquess of Hertford in 1846.