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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
oil on canvas
79 x 115 cm
purchased, as part of the contents of Brodsworth Hall, from Pamela Williams by the National Heritage Memorial Fund and transferred to English Heritage, 1990