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 Velde, Willem van de, II (Dutch painter, 1633-1707) , The English Ship

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Title The English Ship 'Hampton Court' in a Gale
Collection Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Artist Velde, Willem van de, II (Dutch painter, 1633-1707)
Date Earliest about 1679
Date Latest about 1681
Signed yes
Description Willem Van de Velde the Younger and his father were renowned as the greatest Dutch marine painters of their day. They both emigrated to England in 1674 and were employed in the service of King Charles II.

The accurate depiction of the ship enabled it to be identified as the seventy-gun galleon, the 'Hampton Court' built for the King's first navy. A drawing of the 'Hampton Court' by Willem the Elder (1611-1693) is in the collection of the National Maritime Museum, London.

Such ship portraits do not appear in England before Van de Velde as no native artist seems to have had the required skill. The van de Veldes were also experienced sailors which enabled them to record the appearance of sea battles and ships at sea directly from a small boat.

Current Accession Number 1972P53
Former Accession Number P.53'72
Inscription front ll 'W.van de Velde'
Subject marine (the Hampton Court)
Measurements 105.4 x 119.4 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Purchased from Brian L. Koetser with the aid of the National Art-Collections Fund 1972.
Provenance Lord Radstock, 1823; Mr Christie, 1826; The Rt. Hon. Lord Glentanar, 1972.
Principal Exhibitions Old Master exhibition, British Institution, London, 1872, cat. no. 127; Pittura Inglese 1660-1840, Brian Koetser Gallery, 1972, cat. no. 17; The Art of the Van der Veldes, Palazzo Reale, 1975, cat. no. 3; The Art of the Van de Veldes, National Maritime Museum, 1982, cat. no. 120; Wright, C., Images of a Golden Age, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, 1989, cat. no. 134.
Publications Smith, J., Works of Dutch and Flemish Masters, Vol 6, Hofstede de Groot, C., p.351; Graves, A., Art Sales Catalogue, vol. 3, p.275; Catalogue of Dutch Painters, Vol. 7, p.1909, 05; Graves, A., A Century of Loan Exhibitions 1815-1912, vol. 2, p.1491; Wright, C., Images of a Golden Age, 1989, p. 147; Foreign Paintings in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, A Summary Catalogue, 1983, no. 148.
Notes The Rt. Hon. Lord Glentanar, Glen Tanar, Mansion House, Aboyne, Aberdeenshire.

1972A drawing of the 'Hampton Court' by Willem the Elder (1611-1693) is in the collection of the National Maritime Museum, London. They also hold a plan of the 'Hampton Court' and the 'Dreadnought' attacking the French.

The picture was previously known as A Man O' War and, before being definitively identified as 'The Hampton Court', was labelled as the 'Montacute'.

Rights Owner Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Author Dr Patricia Smyth
 

 

 

 

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