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A council-of-war in the Dutch fleet? May 1665, c.1674 (pen, brown ink, grey wash)

A council-of-war in the Dutch fleet? May 1665, c.1674 (pen, brown ink, grey wash)


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A council-of-war in the Dutch fleet? May 1665, c.1674 (pen, brown ink, grey wash)

7342066 A council-of-war in the Dutch fleet? May 1665, c.1674 (pen, brown ink, grey wash) by Velde, Willem van de, the Younger (1633-1707); 34.8x52.5 cm; National Maritime Museum, London, UK; (add.info.: Creator: Willem van de Velde, the Younger
The Dutch fleet lying-by. On the right there is a starboard quarter view of the commander-in-chief, flag and pendant at the main, a ship with the lion of the United Provinces on the tafferel, possibly van Wassenaer in the Eendracht'. A large number of boats are pulling towards her, and on her port beam is a stern view of a ship with a flag at the main, marked a'. In the left middle distance, a starboard broadside view of the vice-admiral of the centre running down towards the admiral.
A rapid drawing in pen and brown ink with corrections in pen and grey ink. The subject is identified only from the stern of the ship on the right which appears to be the Eendracht'.); © National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

Media ID 38516420

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

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This print captures a pivotal moment in Dutch naval history - a council-of-war in the Dutch fleet in May 1665, depicted by Willem van de Velde, the Younger. The scene is filled with intricate details, showcasing the commander-in-chief's ship with its flag proudly flying at the main mast and the lion of the United Provinces displayed on the tafferel. The artist skillfully portrays a sense of urgency as numerous boats are seen pulling towards the flagship, possibly belonging to Vice-Admiral van Wassenaer aboard the 'Eendracht'. In the background, another ship marked 'a' can be spotted alongside them. Van de Velde's use of pen, brown ink, and grey wash creates a dynamic composition that draws viewers into this historic moment. The rapid drawing style adds a sense of movement and energy to the scene as ships maneuver around each other during this crucial council-of-war. This artwork not only showcases Van de Velde's talent as an artist but also provides valuable insight into naval tactics and strategies used by the Dutch fleet during this time period. It serves as a reminder of their maritime prowess and strategic thinking that helped shape European history.

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