The Battle of Scheveningen, 31 July 1653

The final battle of the First Dutch War, 1652-54, was a disaster for the Dutch. They lost about 15 ships and their great leader Maarten Tromp was killed at the beginning of the action. As a result of it, the English were in a position to impose fairly harsh terms on the Dutch at the ensuing peace conference. In the foreground of the painting, to the far right, a Dutch ship is sinking and to the far left an English ship is sinking. In the centre of the painting is a starboard-quarter view of the 'Brederode', Tromp's flagship, engaged in furious action with English ships on both sides. In the left background, Monck, the English General-at-Sea in 'Resolution', is in action with four Dutch ships, while on the extreme right the two ships burning probably represent the 'Andrew' and the 'Triumph'. The painting is indistinctly signed on a spar in mid-foreground. The artist (1622-66) was born in Amsterdam and painted sea battles and port scenes.

Object Details

ID: BHC0278
Collection: Fine art
Type: Painting
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Beerstraten, Jan Abrahamsz
Events: First Anglo-Dutch War: Battle of Scheveningen, 1653
Date made: circa 1654
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Painting: 1235 x 1765 mm; Frame: 1371 x 2018 x 100 mm

Your Request

If an item is shown as “offsite”, please allow eight days for your order to be processed. For further information, please contact Archive staff:

Tel: (during Library opening hours)

Click “Continue” below to continue processing your order with the Library team.