The Battle of Scheveningen, 10 August 1653

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This grisaille depicts the last battle of the First Anglo-Dutch War, 1652–1654, and is based on eyewitness sketches by the artist, who has interpreted it as a success for the Dutch. It was more widely regarded as a Dutch defeat, since they lost 15 ships. More disastrously, they also lost their leader, Lieutenant-Admiral Maerten Tromp. As a result the English were able to impose fairly harsh terms at the ensuing peace conference. Here the battle is shown towards its conclusion, and viewed from a high horizon as a continuous narrative, since several incidents which occurred at different times have been combined. The fleets are shown passing each other with the English mainly on the port tack and the Dutch on the starboard, heading for land.

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The Battle of Scheveningen, 10 August 1653




oil on panel


H 114.3 x W 156.2 cm

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