Willem van de Velde the Elder

Willem van de Velde the Elder

Birth
Leiden, Leiden Municipality, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
Death 13 Dec 1693 (aged 81–82)
London, City of London, Greater London, England
Burial Piccadilly, City of Westminster, Greater London, England
Memorial ID 4318 · View Source
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Maritime Artist. Willem van de Velde, known as the Elder, was the son of a Flemish sailor. He was probably trained as an artist by his father, who was well known for his marine art. While he is famous for some oil paintings, most of his works were pen and ink. He was the official artist of the Dutch fleet for a period, particularly known for sketches done at sea battles in 1666. After this, he gained a commission in London, in 1672 or 1673, probably being forced to move to be able to make a living after an economic collapse brought about by a French invasion. In London, he used the Queen’s House, now part of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, as a studio, until the accession of William III and Mary II as King and Queen of England. During this time much of his work was collaborations with his son, who often would complete in oil the ink drawings he made.

Bio by: Pete Mohney


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  • Added: 6 Jan 1999
  • Find a Grave Memorial 4318
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Willem van de Velde the Elder (1611–13 Dec 1693), Find a Grave Memorial no. 4318, citing St. James Churchyard, Piccadilly, City of Westminster, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .