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Willem van de Velde II (Leiden 1633-1707 London)
Willem van de Velde II (Leiden 1633-1707 London)

A sheet of studies of three-masters in a calm sea

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Willem van de Velde II (Leiden 1633-1707 London)
A sheet of studies of three-masters in a calm sea
pen and brown ink, refinements in black chalk
10½ x 7¼ in. (26.7 x 18.6 cm.)
Provenance
with Parssons, London; from whom purchased by I.Q. van Regteren Altena on 27 February 1929 for 20 guilders (Inventory book: '683. t. W. v. d. Velde schetsblad schepen').
Exhibited
Rotterdam, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Paris, Fondation Custodia, and Brussels, Bibliothèque Albert 1er, Le Cabinet d'un Amateur: Dessins flamands et hollandais des XVIe et XVIIe siècles d'une collection privée d'Amsterdam, 1976-77, no. 143, pl. 120 (catalogue by J. Giltaij).

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Lot Essay

Similar studies (see for example: M.S. Robinson, Van de Velde Drawings: A catalogue of drawings in the National Maritime Museum, Cambrige, 1958, I, nos. 711 and 742, pls. 160 and 168) are known by Willem van de Velde II which, according to the inscriptions found on some of them, were used to illustrate drawing lessons that he gave to his son, Willem van de Velde III (1667-after 1708). This sheet may have been made for the same purpose and was certainly drawn after the artist's return from his journey in the Mediterranean around 1693.

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