A Royal Visit to the Fleet is one of the largest works by artist Willem van de Velde the Younger. Learn more about its conservation and the painting's return to the Queen's House
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.
One of Van de Velde the Younger's most important paintings, A Royal Visit to the Fleet in the Thames Estuary, has now returned to the Queen's House following an ambitious conservation project.
Discover more about this important work, and find out how conservators confront centuries of deterioration with care, craft and precision.
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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.