• Title: Ships in a Gale
  • Creator: Willem van de Velde the Younger
  • Date Created: 1660
  • Physical Dimensions: overall: 72.4 x 108 cm (28 1/2 x 42 1/2 in.) framed: 91.1 x 126.1 x 5.7 cm (35 7/8 x 49 5/8 x 2 1/4 in.)
  • Provenance: Probably Proley (or Proly) collection, Paris;[1] (sale, Hôtel de Bullion by Paillet and Boileau, Paris, 20 March 1787 and days following, possibly no. 114).[2] brought to England 1823 by (Thomas Emmerson, London). Jeremiah Harman [1763-1844], Higham House, Woodford, by 1835;[3] (his estate sale, Christie & Manson, London, 17-18 May 1844, 2nd day, no. 106, as _A Storm and Shipwreck_); Edmund Higginson [1802-1871], Saltmarshe Castle; (his sale, Christie & Manson, London, 4-6 June 1846, no. 218, as _A Storm and Shipwreck_); purchased by Brown.[4] Edmund Higginson, Saltmarshe Castle; (his sale, Christie, Manson & Woods, London, 16 June 1860, no. 32, as _A Storm and Shipwreck_); purchased by Turner.[5] Edward Sholto, 3rd baron Penrhyn [1864-1927], London; (sale, Sotheby's, London, 3 December 1924, no. 79, as _Rocky Coast with choppy sea and shipping_). possibly with (Hand, London); sold to private collection, United States, possibly Samuel Borchard [d. 1930], New York; his estate; (his estate sale, Parke-Bernet, New York, 9 January 1947, no. 38, as _A Shipwreck in a Storm off a Rocky Coast_);[6] private collection, South America;[7] (Otto Nauman, New York); purchased 16 June 2000 by NGA. [1] The following provenance is given in the prospectus prepared by Otto Naumann at the time of the sale in 2000, in NGA curatorial files. [2] This sale included more than twenty works by Van de Velde. See the description of Sale F-A1806 in The Getty Provenance Index Databases. [3] John Smith, _A Complete Catalogue Raisonné of the Works of the Most Eminent Dutch, Flemish, and French Painters_, 9 vols., London, 1829-1842: 6(1835):327-328, no. 26. [4] A copy of the sale catalogue at the Getty Research Library is annotated "Brown," and a newspaper clipping pasted in the same catalogue reads "Lot 218...bought for 300 guineas by Mr. Brown." (Copies in NGA curatorial files.) [5] According to a handwritten note in John Smith's sale catalogue, the painting was bought by Turner for 153 pounds, 6 shillings. A copy of the sale catalogue at the Getty Research Library is also annotated with the same information (copy in NGA curatorial files). [6] Stuart Borchard, Samuel's son, lent the painting to a 1942 exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts. The 1947 sale of the "Samuel Borchard Collection" was, according to the sale catalogue, "by order of Stuart Borchard." Michael Strang Robinson, _Van De Velde: A Catalogue of the Paintings of the Elder and the Younger Willem van de Velde_, 2 vols., Greenwich, 1990: 2:1036-1038, no. 391, incorrectly states that the painting was sold by "Stuart Borchard's son" at the 1947 sale. [7] The dealer's prospectus indicates that the private owner in South America probably acquired the painting at the 1947 sale.
  • Medium: oil on panel

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