For almost 20 years, artist Willem van de Velde the Younger and his father worked in a studio at the Queen's House in Greenwich.

Together, in these rooms, they transformed British maritime art.

In October 2021, one of van de Velde the Younger's most important pieces, A Royal Visit to the Fleet in the Thames Estuary, returned to the Queen's House as part of an ambitious public conservation project.

Discover more about the artists and their work, and find out how conservators confront centuries of deterioration with care, craft and precision.

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With grateful thanks

A Royal Visit to the Fleet is conserved with Art Fund support in 2019, along with the following: Arts Scholars, The Aurelius Charitable Trust, John S Cohen Foundation, The Golden Bottle Trust, Golsoncott Foundation, Girdlers’ Company, The Hartnett Conservation Trust, Charles Hayward Foundation, Historic Houses Foundation, Idlewild Trust, The Leche Trust, The Radcliffe Trust and a private individual donor.

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