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Qualifications
painter, penschilder, draftsman, print artist, court painter, tapestry designer
was a sailor as a youngster; became official painter of the Dutch navy; worked for Cornelis Tromp; court painter of Charles II
Nationality/school
North Netherlandish, English
worked the last 20 years of his life in England
Born
Leiden 1611
c. 1611; according to Houbraken 1718 he was born in Leiden in 1610. Houbraken was informed by the daughter of Willem's brother Adriaen van de Velde.
Deceased
Greenwich (London) 1693-12-13
He was carried from his home in Sackville Street in Piccadilly to the Parish Church of St. James, and buried there on the 16th of December 1693 (Houbraken 1718).
Family relationships
this field records any family relationship to one or more other artist(s).
son of the skipper Willem Willemsz van de Velde (born c. 1572) and Aeltgen Gerytsdr; he married in Leiden on 30 July 1631 to Judith Adriaens van Leeuwen; father of Willem van de Velde II and Adriaen van de Velde
See also
In this field, you will find references to names of groups or to the artists that made/make up groups. You may also come across references to other artists if there was/is question of collaboration without a joint name. This is the case, for instance, with artists who rendered parts of works by other artists (such as with P.P Rubens and J. Brueghel I).
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Biographical information
Period of activity
1638 - 1693
His earliest dated work is of 1638, but then he probably was already active as an artist for some time.
Active in
  • Noorwegen 1629
    possibly in 1629 (Daalder 2016, p. 35-37)
  • Leiden 1631 - 1635
    married there in 1631
  • Amsterdam 1636 - 1672
    c. 1636
  • Flekkerøy 1641
    According to a drawing dated 1641 Van de Velde was in fiord in Norway called 'vleckeren', probably identical to Flekkerøy (Daalder 2016, p. 103, 214, note 3).
  • Amsterdam
  • Vlieland (eiland) 1644 - 1645
    c. 1644-1645
  • Amsterdam
  • Kopenhagen 1658
    took part in an expedition
  • Amsterdam
  • Bergen (Noorwegen) 1665
    took part in an expedition
  • Amsterdam
  • Solebay (Suffolk) 1672-06
    Van de Velde was still living in Amsterdam, but the correspondence of Pieter Blaeu reveals that he was absent from the city for three weeks at the time of the battle of Solebay, which he clearly witnessed at first hand. There are many drawings by Van de Velde showing the lead-up to the battle, and also various moments in the action.
  • Amsterdam
  • Londen (Engeland) 1672 - 1674
    In February 1674 both father and son received an annual salary of 100 pounds a year from the court (Robinson 1990, vol. 1, p. xx). This was seperately from payments for artworks, the disposal of a house and commissions for other patrons (Daalder 2016, p. 143).
  • Amsterdam 1674-07-10 - 1674-07-17
    was in Amsterdam for a week to fetch his wife (Daalder 2016, p. 143)
  • Londen (Engeland) 1674 - 1693
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Subjects
This field specifies the various subject categories or genres that constitute the oeuvre of the artist in question. The contents of this field are generally based more on the documentation available at the RKD than on the literature.
marine (as genre), portrait, architecture (genre)
Medium/technique
oil paint
Creation date: 1992-01-31; Last modified date: 2021-09-06

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