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A Royal Visit to the Fleet in the Thames Estuary, 1672

Photo credit: National Maritime Museum

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During the summer of 1672 Charles II visited ships of the fleet that were refitting in the Thames following the Battle of Solebay in May of that year. This may record a visit that took place on 10 September when the king was on board the yacht 'Cleveland'. The yacht in the left foreground is probably the 'Anne', which was used by his brother James, Duke of York. She flies the red ensign and is decorated with the figure of a woman holding a crown in her right hand on her stern, together with putti holding a garland above her head.

National Maritime Museum

London

  • Date

    1696

  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    165.1 x 330 cm

  • Accession number

    BHC0299

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