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A Sea-piece with a Dutch Merchant Ship and a Swedish Flute

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A Sea-piece with a Dutch Merchant Ship and a Swedish Flute 1650


Van de Velde perfected this type of ‘pen-painting’, a painting in black and white that resembles a pen and ink drawing, which suited his eye for the details of ships and his stylised treatment of the sea. He followed the stylised conventions of earlier engravings in his swirling waves, but displayed an in-depth knowledge of ships and their construction. The large merchant ship in the centre flies the Dutch flag from its main mast. On the right is a small war vessel known as a fluit or flute, which flies the Swedish flag. The distant port may be West Terschelling.

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The printmaking technique in which an image is inscribed on a copper plate with a tool that cuts a groove in the surface. This groove holds the ink that creates the print when it is applied to paper. Also refers to the method of making an incision on a material such as glass.



  • Acc. No. NG 933
  • Medium Pen and brush on panel
  • Size 60.50 x 83.60 cm
  • Credit Presented by Hew Hamilton Dalrymple 1906