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Crowds gathered on the shore watch while people set off in small boats, with Dutch flags, to join the fleet in the distance. It is not known exactly who is involved, and what the occasion is, but they must have been important! Although the painting was formerly known as ‘The Landing of William of Orange at Scheveningen’ by Ludolf Backhuysen, it seems that it depicts an embarkation rather than a landing.

English Heritage, Brodsworth Hall


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  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    79 x 115 cm

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  • Acquisition method

    purchased, as part of the contents of Brodsworth Hall, from Pamela Williams by the National Heritage Memorial Fund and transferred to English Heritage, 1990


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Brodsworth, Doncaster, South Yorkshire DN5 7XJ England

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