An English man-o’ war, with other vessels
An English man-o’ war, with other vessels


An English man-o’ war, with other vessels

1677 England

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Van Beecq appears to have come to England from his native Amsterdam after 1672, when Charles II invited Dutch artists and craftsmen to settle here. (Other Dutch artists who took advantage of this offer were Willem Van de Velde the elder, to whose work Van Beecq’s painting is often likened, and his son of the same name.) He may be identified with the ‘Vanbeck’ who was admitted to the Painter-Stainers’ Company in 1677.
In 1681 Van Beecq moved to Paris at the instigation of the Duc de Vendôme; he became a member of the Académie royale de Peinture et de Sculpture and supplied several paintings to King Louis XIV. Most of his dated paintings were executed between 1677 and 1689.

The painting depicts a two-decker of the Royal Navy with elaborately ornamented stern, and a ‘royal yacht’ (for transporting eminent figures), with carved beak and sails set, passing close by on the right of the picture; on the left are a single-decker at anchor and two longboats. The picture corresponds with the description of no.4 in ‘Catalogue of Paintings by Jan Karel Donatus Van Beecq’ in Frank B. Cockett, Early Sea Painters, 1995, p.61; it is here stated to have been in the possession of W.H. Paterson in 1971.
A Hertfordshire private collection
Height 40.00 inch (101.60 cm)
Width 34.00 inch (86.36 cm)
Stock Code
Oil on canvas
Signed and dated 1677
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