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Willem van de Velde the Younger, 1633–1707, Dutch, active in Britain (from 1672)

An English Man of War, Starboard Quarter View: Possibly the Victory

Additional Title(s):

Verso: Architectural Diagram in Pencil

ca. 1675
Pen and brown ink with gray wash over graphite on moderately thick, moderately textured, beige laid paper, pasted on contemporary mount made of thick, moderately textured, beige laid paper
Mount: 17 1/8 x 25 13/16 inches (43.5 x 65.6 cm), Contemporary drawn border: 13 1/8 x 21 13/16 inches (33.3 x 55.4 cm), and Sheet: 12 3/16 x 20 13/16 inches (30.9 x 52.9 cm)

Inscribed in graphite, on mount, lower left: "1—59 | 3"; on mount, lower right: "D29770"; on back of mount, center: "AN ENGLISH MAN-'O-WAR, STARBOARD QUARTER VIEW, | POSSIBLY THE VICTORY, A SECOND RATE SHIP. | (verso of old mount: architectural diagram (pencil)) | by | WILLIAM VAN DE VELDE, THE YOUNGER, | (1633-1707) | COLLECTION - PAUL SANDBY. | THERE IS A SIMILAR DRAWING AT GREENWICH MADE IN 1672, | (SEE VAN DE VELDE DRAWINGS, VOL. 1, pl 79) IT MUST BE ASSUMED | THAT DIFFERENCES IN THE QUARTER GALLERY WERE DUE TO REPAIRS | MADE AFTER THE BATTLES OF 1673."

Collector's stamp of Paul Sandby, embossed, lower left: "P S"

Signed in brown ink, lower right: "W. V. [remainder cropped off]"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Drawings & Watercolors
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
architectural subject | man-of-war | marine art | relief | sculpture | ship
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