Willem van de Velde II often painted seascapes with a low horizon, calm weather and big cumuli that stand out against a blue sky. The slack sails provide an atmospheric interplay of light and shade.

In the centre is a richly decorated yacht flying the Dutch flag. It is surrounded by cargo ships at anchor and a few rowing boats bringing passengers to and from the shore.


  • Title: Ships in the Roads
  • Creator: Velde the Younger, Willem van de
  • Date Created: c. 1658
  • Physical Dimensions: h66.2 cm x w77.5 cm
  • Provenance: Pieter Leendert de Neufville, Amsterdam, 1765; Prince William V, The Hague, 1765-1795
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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