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The Battle of The Sound, 29 October - 8 November 1658, c.1660 (oil painting)

The Battle of The Sound, 29 October - 8 November 1658, c.1660 (oil painting)


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The Battle of The Sound, 29 October - 8 November 1658, c.1660 (oil painting)

7337613 The Battle of The Sound, 29 October - 8 November 1658, c.1660 (oil painting) by Velde, Willem van de, the Elder (1611-93); 96.5x139.7 cm; National Maritime Museum, London, UK; (add.info.: Creator: Willem van de Velde, the Elder
When Sweden attacked Denmark and occupied both sides of the Sound it brought Dutch Baltic trade to a standstill. The Dutch sent a fleet to the Baltic under Lieutenant-Admiral Jan van Wassenaer to protect their trade routes from the Swedes, who were besieging Copenhagen. The Dutch victory at the intensely fought battle of the Sound forced the Swedish fleet to withdraw from Copenhagen and the siege of the city by land was abandoned. The painting shows a general view of the end of the battle and, since the artist was present it can be regarded as an eyewitness interpretation.); © National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

Media ID 38513454

© © National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London / Bridgeman Images

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This oil painting by Willem van de Velde, the Elder, depicts The Battle of The Sound that took place from 29 October to 8 November 1658. The intense naval battle between the Dutch and Swedish fleets is captured in stunning detail, showcasing the chaos and drama of war on the high seas. As Sweden attacked Denmark and occupied both sides of the Sound, Dutch Baltic trade was threatened. In response, the Dutch sent a fleet under Lieutenant-Admiral Jan van Wassenaer to protect their trade routes and aid Copenhagen, which was besieged by the Swedes. The decisive victory at this battle forced the Swedish fleet to retreat from Copenhagen and lifted the siege on land. Van de Velde's painting provides a unique perspective as he was present at the battle, offering an eyewitness interpretation of this historic event. The smoke-filled sky, towering ships, and fierce confrontation between naval forces are all expertly rendered in this masterpiece. This artwork serves as a reminder of the bravery and sacrifice displayed by sailors during times of conflict at sea. It captures a pivotal moment in European history when nations fought for control over vital trade routes and strategic territories.

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