Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 161 (Sale info: For Sale).
"This a beautiful cabinet picture, a calm repose rests on the whole scene, which delights the eye; the figures are touched very spiritually, the colouring is simple, grave and silvery, all shews a great master; he seems to have been, even to a degree of enthusiasm, fond of his art, for in order justly to observe the movements, and various positions of ships engaging in a sea fight, that he might design them from nature, and unite truth with grandeur and elegance in his compositions, he did not hesitate to attend those engagements in a small light vessel, and sail as near to his enemies as his friends, atten- tive only to his drawing, and without the least apparent anxiety for the danger to which he was every moment exposed. Of that dauntless disposition, he gave two very convincing proofs, before his arrival in England; the one, was in that severe battle between the Duke of York, and Admiral Opdam, in which the Dutch admiral and five hundred men were blown up; the other was that memorable engagement which continued three days, between admiral monck and admiral De Ruyter. During the continuance of those different engagements Vandervelde plied between the fleet, so as to represent minutely every movement of the ships, and the most material circumstances of the action, with incredible exactness and truth. It is observed of him that in the latter part of life, he commonly painted in black and white, on ground so prepared on canvas, as to make it have the appearance of paper. Painted by William Vandervelde, the old, who was born at Leyden, 1610, died 1693." [P. 32.]
Descriptive Catalogue of Original Cabinet Paintings, now arranged in the Gallery, Doggett's Repository of Arts, entrance at No. 16, Market-Street, and may be viewed every day, from 8 in the morning till sunset; being a truly splendid and valuable Collection of one hundred and sixty-four Cabinet Paintings in elegant frames; selected on the Continent of Europe, at the Expense of thirty thousand dollars, and are warranted to comprise the works of the Great Masters, from the 13th Century to the Present Time.