A council-of-war in the English fleet June? 1673

The council-of-war is probably connected with the first Battle of Schooneveld, 28 May 1673, which took place during the Third Anglo-Dutch War, 1672–74. At this time van de Velde the Elder had only been in England for a few months, and the battle was the first he drew from the English side. In the centre middle-distance there is a broadside view of a three-decker, possibly the ‘Royal Sovereign’, lying becalmed with a crowd of boats around her. In the centre foreground a galliot is shown at anchor with several boats under her stern. On the right is a private ship, a man-of-war that is not wearing the flag of an admiral. This is an unsigned pencil and wash drawing.

Object Details

ID: PAF6876
Collection: Fine art
Type: Drawing
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Velde, Willem van de, the Elder
Date made: circa 1673
Exhibition: Unseen: The Lives of Looking by Dryden Goodwin
People: British Fleet
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Primary support: 275 mm x 431 mm; Mount: 405 mm x 556 mm

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