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A States Yacht in a Fresh Breeze Running Towards a Group of Dutch Ships

Photo credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

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This may record the assembling of some of the Dutch fleet off the Texel in 1672, the year that the artist and his father came to England to work. Lieutenant-Admiral Michiel de Ruyter put to sea in late April or early May and Cornelis de Witt, the Ruwaard of Putten, joined de Ruyter's ship as the States-General's representative of the with the fleet. To the left is a fishing pink with a six people on board and her square mainsail lowered. She flies a distinctive pendant at the masthead with red and yellow stripes, which may indicate the region of Vlieland and Terschelling. The prominence given to this pink with the unusual pendant may imply that it was being used to mark a shipping channel. De Ruyter was forced to order such boats to carry out this role because all the normal buoys and marks had been removed to form a hindrance to the English in case of invasion.

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oil on canvas


H 80 x W 111.5 cm

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