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This painting interprets the events leading to the Restoration of Charles II. It shows the process of disembarkation by Charles II when he arrived at The Hague to be greeted by courtiers in the foreground to the right of the picture. Charles subsequently embarked for England at Scheveningen in the 'Naseby', which he renamed the 'Royal Charles'. Houses line the picture to the left, with the towers of Rotterdam visible in the distance. The harbour to the right includes the ship from which he disembarked and one ship is shown firing a salute. There is a line of coaches and mounted riders, and the advance into the city was led by mounted soldiers. Soldiers also line the route to the right, and some are shown firing a salute. The ordinary people in the crowd have also been included and in the foreground to the right a milkmaid has spilt her pail.
The painting is apparently based on prints and not contemporary with the event. The title of the work together with the crest have been placed at the top in the centre, and the artist has signed the picture, 'J. B. Bouttats 1706–38', and dated it '1738.I' on a quay stone in the bottom right.
The Arrival of Charles II at The Hague, 15 May 1660
oil on canvas
H 68.3 x W 89.7 cm