John Mitchell Fine Paintings
Willem van de Velde the Elder (1611-1693)
An English two-decker lying-to at sea in a moderate breeze, with boats pulling towards her
oil, pen and ink, and wash en grisaille, canvas, 22 x 25 in. (56.2 x 63.5 cm.)
signed and indistinctly dated 169(?)
From the quality of this very rare and re-discovered penschilderij (‘pen painting’) you can see why works by this seventeenth-century Dutch artist are eagerly sought after. It is not surprising that it was named Painting of the Year at the Fair.