Sailboats in a Breeze, between 1655 and 1660

  • Jan van de Capelle, Dutch, 1626-1679

Oil on canvas

  • Unframed: 25 1/8 × 30 1/4 inches (63.8 × 76.8 cm)
  • 33 1/2 × 38 5/8 × 3 1/2 inches (85.1 × 98.1 × 8.9 cm)

Founders Society Purchase with funds from Mr. and Mrs. Edgar B. Whitcomb


Signed, lower center: J V Capelle

collection Sir Upton Grenville Smythe, Bart.

collection of John Ward (Blackburn, Lancaster, England)

by late 1936 or 1937, purchased by Anthony Reyre (New York, New York, USA)

(Schaeffer Galleries, New York, New York, USA)

1941-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA) with gift of funds from Mr. & Mrs. Edgar B. Whitcomb

Masterpieces of Art from European and American Collections: European Paintings from the Two World's Fairs of 1939. DIA. Detroit, April 1-May 31, 1941, p. 4, cat. 7, (repr.) [lent by the Schaeffer Galleries, NYC]. Valentiner, W. R. "Jan Van de Cappelle," The Art Quarterly, vol. 4 (1941): pp. 272-296, esp. pp. 276-277, (fig. 1). Five Centuries of Marine Painting. DIA. Detroit, 1942, cat. 25. Richardson, E. P., ed. Catalogue of Paintings. Detroit, 1944, p. 20, no. 452 [as Jan van de Cappelle]. Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids Art Gallery, " Old Masters from Midwestern Museums. Exh. cat., Grand Rapids Art Gallery. Grand Rapids, December 1948-January 2, 1949. Northern European Masters. Exh. cat., Birmingham Museum of Art, High Museum of Art, Isaac Delgado Museum, Hunter Gallery of Art. Birmingham, Atlanta, New Orleans, Chattanooga, November 30-December 29, 1952, vol. 2, cat. 2. Richardson, E. P. Catalogue of the Whitcomb Gifts. DIA. Detroit, 1954, p. 11. Of Ships and the Sea. Exh. cat., Vancouver Art Gallery. Vancouver, B.C., November 1 -December 1, 1963, cat. 1, (repr.). Moore, Andrew W. Dutch and Flemish Painting in Norfolk. Exh. cat., Norfolk Museums Service. Norfolk, 1988, p. 128, cited under cat. 84, footnote 3. Keyes, George S., et al. Masters of Dutch Painting: The Detroit Institute of Arts. London, 2004, pp. 54-55, no. 18 (ill.).

school of Jan van de Capelle, Sailboats in a Breeze, between 1655 and 1660, oil on canvas. Detroit Institute of Arts, Founders Society Purchase with funds from Mr. and Mrs. Edgar B. Whitcomb, 41.6.