Three Ships in a Squall
Willem van der Velde the younger (Leyden 1633 – London 1707)
The marine pictures at Felbrigg were almost all collected by William II Windham (1717-61). According to a fellow-member of the Genevan ‘Common-Room’, Richard Aldworth, Windham ‘could and did build vessels, and navigate them himself.’ Hence, perhaps, his preference for scenes that showed ships at grips with strong winds, over the calms for which Van de Velde the Younger was more celebrated.
Oil painting on canvas, Three Ships in a Squall/ Dutch Flagships running before a Gale by Willem van der Velde the younger (Leyden 1633 – London 1707). Three war vessels, two in foreground being violently tossed on a rough sea below a grey and lowering sky. Signed 'WVV' on a tub at bottom left corner. Maritime painting.
In 1764 inventory; bequeathed with the hall and contents by Robert Wyndham Ketton-Cremer (1906 – 1969) Part of the Windham Collection. The hall and contents were bequeathed to the National Trust in 1969 by Robert Wyndham Ketton-Cremer (1906-1969)
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Willem van der Velde the younger (Leyden 1633 – London 1707), artist