Dutch herring busses on the fishing ground

An early drawing drawn with pen and brown ink and grey wash on vellum. It is signed ‘W.V. Velde’. A date of around 1650 has been suggested. The drawing style would seem to have some relationship with the technique van de Velde used to make pen-paintings in the 1650s, but the purpose of his drawings on vellum is not known. Like the pen-paintings the drawing is very detailed. It shows a large number of herring busses fishing with two ships in the background. A buss (Dutch buis) was a flute or narrow-sterned vessel used by the Dutch and English for the herring fishery in the North Sea.

Object Details

ID: PAH1711
Collection: Fine art
Type: Drawing
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Velde, Willem van de, the Elder
Date made: 1650?
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Sheet: 274 x 476 mm; Mount: 479 mm x 630 mm

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