IH unbound s. b.c. "Charles Phillips fecit 1770 from a drawing by W. V. Vandevelde"; s. b.l. "W.V.V. 1703"; inscr. b.c. "Apd. CR edidtm."; inscr. on plate b.c. "Mare sub noctem tumidis albescere coepit / Fluctibus, et praeceps spirare valentius Eurus. Ov. Met XI 480"; inscr. verso c. in pencil "3 [circled]" CRE PHILLIPS, Charles; (English; 1737-1770) AFTER VELDE, Willem van de; (Dutch; c.1667-aft.1707) PUB ROGERS, Charles; (English; 1711-1784) This unbound volume is part of William Hunter's original bequest. Published by Charles Rogers (1711-1784), an eminent eighteenth century collector, it consists of 112 prints accompanied by introductory texts on the artists represented. It highlights the wealth of old master drawings held in contemporary private British collections and is among the most impressive art historical writings of 18th century England. This drawing was one of 42 from Rogers's own collection, one of the best in the country.
Dutch painter Willem Van de Velde trained under his father and specialised in maritime subjects. He eventually moved to England where his skill in his chosen genre was widely admired and his work was very popular amongst English collectors. Rogers noted in his commentary that the artist's works 'became so scarce that their price doubled in a year'. This is the only drawing by Van de Velde represented in the volume.