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 Willem van de Velde the Younger

Willem van de Velde the Younger

Birth
Leiden, Leiden Municipality, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
Death 6 Apr 1707 (aged 73)
Greenwich, Royal Borough of Greenwich, Greater London, England
Burial Piccadilly, City of Westminster, Greater London, England
Memorial ID 4319 · View Source
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Maritime Artist. Born in Leiden, Netherlands, the son of marine artist Willem van de Velde the Elder. The family moved to Amsterdam a few years later. He was one of three brothers, including Esaias and Adriaen, who all became noted artists. He received his earliest training from his father before being apprenticed to marine painter Simon de Vlieger in Amsterdam. He completed such works as 'Shipping in a Calm' (1657) and 'A Brisk Breeze' (1660). In 1672, he left the Netherlands for England, and after settling in London, received a royal commission from Charles II to paint naval engagements such as 'The Burning of the Royal James' (1672) and 'The Attack on the French Ships at Martinique' (1675). He became court painter in 1677, and established a studio at Greenwich where he trained three sons, Willem, Cornelis, and Peter as as artists. His work was widely regarded and he became the premier marine artist of his age; he has been called the father of English marine painting. The National Maritime Museum in London has a significant collection of his work.

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  • Added: 7 Jan 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 4319
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Willem van de Velde the Younger (c.18 Dec 1633–6 Apr 1707), Find A Grave Memorial no. 4319, citing St James Church, Piccadilly, City of Westminster, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .