Skip to main content

A ship in full sail: PD.916-1963

An image of Drawing

Terms of use

These images are provided for non-commercial use under a Creative Commons License (BY-NC-ND). To license a high resolution version, please contact our image library who will discuss fees, terms and waivers.

Download this image

Creative commons explained - what it means, how you can use our's and other people's content.

Alternative views

Object information

Current Location: In storage


A ship in full sail


Draughtsman: Willaerts, Abraham




History note: Count Stroganoff (Lugt 550); Dr. Polak (Lugt 788b); Ingram (Lugt 1405a)

Measurements and weight

Height: 302 mm
Width: 154 mm

Relative size of this object

15.4 m30.2 m What does this represent?

Relative size of this object is displayed using code inspired by Good Form and Spectacle's work on the British Museum's Waddeson Bequest website and their dimension drawer. They chose a tennis ball to represent a universally sized object, from which you could envisage the size of an object.

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1963) by Ingram, Sir Bruce


Production date: AD 1661

School or Style


Materials used in production

Grey wash
Indian ink

Components of the work

Support composed of paper

Techniques used in production

Drawing : Pen, Indian ink and grey wash, on paper

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: L. Backhuyzen
  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: Graphite
  • Text: W.v.d.Velde "The Younger"
  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: Graphite
  • Text: dated 1661
  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: Graphite

Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.916-1963
Primary reference Number: 5637
Lugt: 550
Lugt: 788b
Lugt: 1405a
Stable URI

Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 16 July 2021 Last processed: Friday 16 July 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

Citation for print

This record can be cited in the Harvard Bibliographic style using the text below:

The Fitzwilliam Museum (2023) "A ship in full sail" Web page available at: Accessed: 2023-06-01 00:31:15

Citation for Wikipedia

To cite this record on Wikipedia you can use this code snippet:

{{cite web|url= |title=A ship in full sail |author=The Fitzwilliam Museum|accessdate=2023-06-01 00:31:15|publisher=The University of Cambridge}}

API call for this record

To call these data via our API (remember this needs to be authenticated) you can use this code snippet:

Bootstrap HTML code for reuse

To use this as a simple code embed, copy this string:

<div class="text-center">
    <figure class="figure">
        <img src=""
        alt="A ship in full sail"
        class="img-fluid" />
        <figcaption class="figure-caption text-info">A ship in full sail</figcaption>

Please enter your name as you would like to be addressed
Please enter your email address
The object accession number - this is prefilled
Please enter your query with as much detail as possible

More objects and works of art you might like

Dominion of the Sea Medal

Accession Number: CM.263-1963

Ruby lustre bowl with ship design

Accession Number: EC.11-1941

Harvest jug

Accession Number: Gl.C.75-1928

Touch-Piece 1685

Accession Number: CM.123-1914

Suggested products from Curating Cambridge

You might be interested in this...

Sign up for updates

Updates about future exhibitions and displays, family activities, virtual events & news. You'll be the first to know...