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A Calm : A States Yacht, A Barge and many other Vessels under Sail

Signed and dated 1659

Oil on canvas | 61.7 x 71.6 x 1.7 cm (support, canvas/panel/stretcher external) | RCIN 407275

This seascape and A Calm, the next painting in this exhibition, were not created as a pair, but had become one before they were acquired by George IV. Both depict a profusion of shipping, of all types and sizes, at anchor in the inland sea, conveying the scale of the Dutch maritime enterprise. Both describe a multiplicity of men and technology within a unity of light and atmosphere, of sky reflected in the mirror of the sea.

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