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Ships on a Stormy Sea by Willem van de Velde

Cross stitch chart or kit from the Scarlet Quince Dutch Masters Fine Art Collection.

Willem van de Velde the Elder (c. 1611, Leiden – 13 December 1693, London) was a Dutch painter.

He was the official artist of the Dutch fleet for a period, being present at the Four Days Battle, 1-4 June 1666, and the St James's Day Battle, 25 July 1666, to make sketches. In his work on the biographies of artists, Arnold Houbraken quotes Gerard Brandt's biography of Admiral Michiel de Ruyter, relating the anecdote where Willem van de Velde asked Admiral de Ruyter permission to have a galley row him around for a good view of the proceedings on the evening of the Four Days battle in 1666. He wasn't the only artist to paint the scenes of this battle, his son, Ludolf Bakhuysen and Pieter Cornelisz van Soest also made paintings of it.

This act later was the reason that van Velde gained his marine commission in London. The date, 1672, commonly given for his entry into the service of Charles II of England, was at a time when the Dutch Republic was at war with England (Third Anglo-Dutch War).

Approx: 25" x 17" or 64 x 44cm - when worked on 18ct.

You can also choose to have this design in kit form - list of DMC threads used.

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