02/03/2023 - 14/01/2024

Mid C18th - Painting

The Van de Veldes - Greenwich, Art and the Sea

Daily: 10-5pm

Willem van de Velde the Elder was renowned for his highly accurate drawings of ships and maritime life. He would even go to sea himself, paper in hand, to capture naval battles as they were raging.

His son, Willem van de Velde the Younger, was a famed painter. From calm coastal scenes to fierce storms, his work captured the many moods of the ocean. King Charles II offered them a studio space at the Queen's House in Greenwich. Here they worked, creating royal commissions, magnificent paintings and tapestries, as well as thousands of detailed sketches, drawings and designs.

Now, 350 years on from their first arrival in England, the Queen's House will once again become a home for the Van de Veldes. The Van de Veldes: Greenwich, Art and the Sea follows the journey of these émigré artists, and explores how they changed the course of British maritime art.


Greenwich National Maritime Museum Gardens, Romney Rd, Greater, London SE10 9NF