Portrait of the ‘Resolution’, a third-rate 70-gun ship, built in 1667 and rebuilt in 1698.

The ‘Resolution’ shown from abaft the port beam with, on the broadside, twelve guns on the gun deck, eleven on the upper deck, six on the quarterdeck and one on the poop. There are wreathed ports on the upper deck, while on the quarterdeck the two aftermost have square decoration; the remainder are wreathed.

The drawing is signed ‘W.V.V.J.’, and inscribed in the top and bottom right in pencil ‘resolue’ and in brown ink, ‘1676’. It was used for the younger van de Velde’s painting now called ‘The ‘Resolution’ in a gale’ (NMM BHC3582), showing her as the flagship of Sir Thomas Allin as Commander-in-Chief in the Mediterrannean, in 1668–69.

In the NMM Ingram Collection (PAG6239) there is also a portrait of the ‘Resolution’ dated 1676, viewed from the starboard bow.

Object Details

ID: PAH3916
Type: Drawing
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Velde, Willem van de
Vessels: Resolution (1667)
Date made: 1676
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London. Caird Fund.
Measurements: Sheet: 417 x 501 mm; Mount: 555 mm x 735 mm

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