This painting is the pendant of 'The gust', which depicts a ship in a raging storm. In both works the vessel is rendered in detail, reflecting the artist's considerable knowledge and expertise. The portrayal of the sea and the sky is less finished. Willem van de Velde II specialized in marine painting, like his father Willem van de Velde I, and the two worked closely together.

From the collection of Sir P. Stephens and Lord Rianelogh (London). A. van der Hoop Bequest, 1854. On loan from the City of Amsterdam, 1885.


  • Title: The Cannon Shot
  • Creator: Willem van de Velde II
  • Creator Death Place: London, United Kingdom
  • Creator Birth Place: Leiden, The Netherlands
  • Date Created: Around 1680
  • Style: Northern Netherlands School
  • Provenance: On loan from the City of Amsterdam (A. van der Hoop Bequest), since 1885
  • Physical Dimensions: w670 x h785 mm
  • Original Title: Het kanonschot
  • Type: Painting
  • External Link: See more on the Rijksmuseum website
  • Medium: oil on canvas

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