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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Willem van de Velde II, Dutch (Leiden 1633 - 1707 Greenwich)
Four Ships
Work Type
17th-18th century
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Brown ink, black chalk, graphite, and white opaque watercolor on blue antique laid paper, framing line in brown ink
13.9 x 19.3 cm (5 1/2 x 7 5/8 in.)
mount: 27.4 x 29.8 cm (10 13/16 x 11 3/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: Verso, upper left, black chalk: W. V. V J
  • inscription: verso, lower center, graphite: A 20923
  • inscription: verso, lower right, graphite: 79608
  • inscription: verso, lower right, graphite: 62
  • collector's mark: lower left, purple ink, stamp: L. 2383 (Walter Schrott)
  • collector's mark: verso, upper left, purple ink, stamp: illegible
  • inscription: verso, lower left, brown ink: van de Velde fe
  • inscription: verso, lower right, graphite: 3
  • inscription: mount, lower right, graphite: x
  • watermark: none
Possibly Rocco Leoni, Paris. Walter Schrott, Mendel, Tyrol (L. 2383, lower left).
Unidentified collector, Austria, 1934(?), sold; to Christopher Harris; sold, [P. & D. Colnaghi & Co. Ltd., London, 1955, inv. no. A20923], sold; to Fritz B. Talbot, c. 1955, gift; to Harvard Art Museum, 1956.

NOTE: Information on the transaction at Colnaghi was taken from their stock books, provided by Steven Ongpin.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Dr. Fritz B. Talbot
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Exhibition History

A Loan Exhibition of Master Drawings, Prints, and Water Colors, Emma Willard Arts Center, Emma Willard School, Troy, 10/26/1960 - 10/30/1960

Subjects and Contexts

Dutch, Flemish, & Netherlandish Drawings

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