A painting from the Wallace collection in London photographed on 24 October 2017.
The picture is called 'Dutch Man Of War Saluting' and was painted by Willem Van De Velde in circa 1665.
Willem van de Velde lived from 1633 to 1707 and was one of the leading Dutch maritime painters of the later 17th Century. A son of Willem van De Velde the Elder who was also a painter of sea-pieces, Willem van de Velde, the younger, was instructed by his father, and afterwards by Simon de Vlieger a marine painter of repute at the time. By 1673 he had moved to England, where he was engaged by Charles II on a salary of £100, to aid his father in "taking and making draughts of sea-fights", his part of the work being to reproduce in colour the drawings of the elder Van de Velde. He was also patronized by the Duke of York and by various members of the English nobility.
He died on 6 April 1707 in London and was buried at St. James's Church. Most of Van de Velde's finest works represent views off the coast of Holland with Dutch shipping. It is said that the ships are portrayed with almost photographic accuracy and are the most precise guides available to the appearance of 17th-century ships.