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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Willem van de Velde II, Dutch (Leiden 1633 - 1707 Greenwich)
Seascape: Men of War Near the Shore
Work Type
17th century
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Black chalk on cream antique laid paper, with a partial framing line in black chalk
19.7 x 30.3 cm (7 3/4 x 11 15/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: lower left, brown ink: W V V f
  • inscription: verso, lower right, graphite: haf soo groot [with verical dotted lines at center of inscription]
  • inscription: verso, upper left, brown ink: 3A [? indistinct latter character]
  • watermark: IM [countermark]
  • inscription: right center [left of mast], black chalk: L
  • inscription: lower right, black chalk: k [?]
  • inscription: former mount, in curatorial file, graphite: Wm Vandervelde the Younger / original precious peice Gilmor Cabinet
Robert Gilmor, Jr., Baltimore, MD; to his estate, 1848; to probably Gardner L. Chandler, Salem, MA; to John Witt Randall, Boston, MA, bequest; to his sister Belinda L. Randall, 1892, gift; to Harvard University, 1892.

Gilmor provenance from a note on the original mat in the hand of John Witt Randall.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Belinda L. Randall from the collection of John Witt Randall
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

Agnes Mongan and Paul J. Sachs, Drawings in the Fogg Museum of Art, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, 1940), vol. 1, cat. no. 534, pp. 280-1; vol. 2, repr. fig. 274

An Exhibition of Dutch and Flemish Drawings and Watercolors, checklist, Unpublished (1954), cat. no. 61, p. 15

Agnes Mongan, "The Fogg Art Museum's Collection of Drawings", Harvard Library Bulletin, Harvard University (Cambridge, 1958), vol. 3, no. 2, March, pp. 5-9, p.199, repr. as pl. IV

Exhibition History

An Exhibition of Dutch and Flemish Drawings and Watercolors, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/01/1954 - 04/30/1954

Subjects and Contexts

Dutch, Flemish, & Netherlandish Drawings

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