R.E.O.Ekkart in the exhibition catalogue; ‘Verborgen Nederlandse en Vlaamse Schilderijen uit de 16e en 17e eeuw uit de collectie W.C.Escher, Utrecht, Centraal Museum, 2002, pp.17,20, reproduced fig.6
Apparently this painting was unknown to Robinson when compiling his Catalogue Raisonné
on the works of the van de Veldes. We are grateful to Dr.Remmelt Daalder for dating the painting to the 1670s. A date when van de Velde was already Britain and was known to sign the reserve of the canvas.
Willem van de Velde the Younger was probably the most important shipping painter of the Dutch school of the seventeenth century. He was the son of Willem van de Velde the Elder and brother of Adriaen van de Veld. At an early age he was apprenticed to Simon de Vlieger. He combined exceptional ability as a draughtsman with the master’s expert handling of tones and light, though his own style tended more towards the use of color. His skill in composition is of the first importance, involving the exact observation of the time of the day, atmosphere, clouds, wind and waves, the set of a ship’s sails and her position in the water. His figures are well drawn and though small at the beginning of his career, they later assume greater importance in the picture .