The Burning of the 'Royal James' at the Battle of Solebay, 7 June 1672

This is a ship portrait, viewed from the port broadside. The ‘Royal James’ is depicted grappling with Van Rijn’s fireship, the ‘Vrede.’ On the right is the fore part of the ‘Olifant’, Sweers’ flagship. In the foreground, the fireship’s crew is pictured escaping in a boat. Aert van Nes is depicted in his ship in the left distance.

This is a sketch for one of the many versions of the burning of the ‘Royal James’ and perhaps one of the first, since it is lightly done and has a number of visible corrections.

Object Details

ID: PAI7272
Collection: Fine art
Type: Drawing
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Velde, Willem van de, the Elder
Events: Third Anglo-Dutch War: Battle of Solebay, 1672
Vessels: Royal James (1671)
Date made: 1673?
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Caird Collection
Measurements: Sheet: 443 x 634 mm; Mount: 655 mm x 963 mm

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