The Battle of the Texel, 11–21 August 1673

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The Battle of Texel was the last battle of the Third Anglo-Dutch War, 1672–1674, between the Dutch on one side and the English and French on the other. It represented the final attempt by the Allies to destroy the Dutch fleet and leave the coast free for an invasion of Holland from the sea. The initial superiority of numbers enjoyed by the allies was neutralised by the French whose fleet wished to take very little part in the fighting. Aware of the French reluctance, the Dutch admiral De Ruyter concentrated on the English squadrons, but after a day of fierce action no major unit was taken or destroyed on either side. This may be an oil sketch, for BHC0314 in the NMM Collection, and for a version now in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. The sketch reputedly hung beside the latter version at the beginning of the twentieth century.

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The Battle of the Texel, 11–21 August 1673


late 17th C–early 18th C


oil on canvas


H 61 x W 86.4 cm

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