Portrait of the 'Speedwell'

Portrait of the ‘Speedwell’, fifth rate, 28 guns. She was built in 1656 as the ‘Cheriton’; she was renamed in 1660 and wrecked in 1678.

She is viewed from before the port beam; a quarter-badge high up on the quarter. It has been identified from a very similar but a more finished drawing (PAH1843); it shows, however, a ship with only eight ports on the gundeck.

it is freely and accurately drawn by the Younger without the assistance of an offset.

Object Details

ID: PAG6227
Type: Drawing
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Velde, Willem van de, the Younger
Vessels: Speedwell 1660 [British navy]
Date made: 1675?
People: Velde, Willem van de, the Younger
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Sheet: 226 x 429 mm; Mount: 478 mm x 642 mm

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