Willem van de Velde Old

Willem van de Velde Old

Willem van de Velde Old (c. 1611 - 13 December 1693) was a Dutch mariner of the Golden Age of Dutch painting.

Willem van de Velde, known as the Old Man, was born in Leiden to a Flemish skipper family and is believed to have been raised on a ship. In 1706, Bainbrig Buckedirge noted that he "understood navigation very well." He married Judith Adriansdochter van Leuven in Leiden in 1631. His three famous legal children were Magdalena (b. 1632), Willem, called the Young (b. 1633), who was also a mariner, and Adrian (b. 1636), a landscape painter. His marriage was tumultuous, especially in recent years, and ended in divorce in July 1662. After his move to England, the date of which is unknown, but is thought to have been in late 1672 or early 1673, Willem lived with his family on East Lane, Greenwich and uses the royal premises (now part of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich) as a studio. It seems that after the accession of William and Mary to the English throne, these premises were taken away from him, and until 1691 he lived on Sacville Street, today near Piccadilly Circus. Willem the Elder was the official artist of the Dutch Navy for the period between the Four Days of Battle (June 1-4, 1666) and the Battle of St. James's Day (July 25, 1666) to make sketches. He died in London and was buried in the church "St. James.