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HMS Royal Prince and other vessels at the Four Days Battle, 1-4 June 1666, late 17th century (oil on canvas)

HMS Royal Prince and other vessels at the Four Days Battle, 1-4 June 1666, late 17th century (oil on canvas)


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HMS Royal Prince and other vessels at the Four Days Battle, 1-4 June 1666, late 17th century (oil on canvas)

7337617 HMS Royal Prince and other vessels at the Four Days Battle, 1-4 June 1666, late 17th century (oil on canvas) by Storck, Abraham (1644-1708); 78.8x110.6 cm; National Maritime Museum, London, UK; (add.info.: Creator: Abraham Storck
This battle shows one of several naval engagements in the North Sea during the Second Dutch War, 1665-1667, one of three trade wars between the British and the Dutch between 1652 and 1673. In this incident the Duke of Albermarle, as Admiral of the Fleet, with only a part of the English fleet, attacked the whole Dutch fleet under the Dutch Lieutenant-Admiral Michiel de Ruyter. Prominent in the foreground to the left is the stern of de Ruyter's ship De Zeven Provincien, 80 guns, flying the Dutch flag from the mainmast together with her squadron pennant. The stern is decorated with the lion emblem of the Dutch Republic, surrounded by the armorial bearings of the provinces. The date Anno 1665, inscribed on the rail, refers to the year the ship was launched.); © National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

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

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This stunning oil on canvas print captures the intense naval battle known as the Four Days Battle, which took place from 1-4 June 1666 during the Second Dutch War. The painting by Abraham Storck showcases HMS 'Royal Prince' and other vessels engaged in combat in the North Sea. In this historic moment, Admiral Michiel de Ruyter's Dutch fleet faced off against English Admiral Duke of Albermarle with only a portion of his fleet. The scene depicts de Ruyter's ship 'De Zeven Provincien', adorned with the lion emblem of the Dutch Republic and surrounded by armorial bearings of provinces. The detailed depiction of ships maneuvering amidst cannon fire and billowing smoke transports viewers back to this crucial moment in maritime history. The artist's skillful rendering captures both the chaos and grandeur of naval warfare during this turbulent period. As one admires this artwork, one can almost hear the sounds of cannons booming and feel the tension in the air as these mighty vessels clash at sea. It serves as a powerful reminder of the bravery and sacrifice displayed by sailors on both sides during these fierce battles for dominance on the high seas.

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