The Burning of the Royal James at the Battle of Solebay, 28 May 1672

Mortlake tapestry woven with wool warps, wool and silk wefts. The tapestry depicts the burning of the 'Royal James' (flagship of the Earl of Sandwich) at the battle of Solebay, 28 May 1672. The arms of the Walpole family (after 1720) are inserted in the border of cherubs and sea creatures. This is one of six tapestries woven after designs by William van de Velde, the Elder, with the first three of the set in the Royal Collections.

Object Details

ID: TXT0106
Collection: Textiles
Type: Tapestry
Display location: Display - QH
Creator: Poyntz, Thomas; Velde, Willem van de, the Elder
Events: Third Anglo-Dutch War: Battle of Solebay, 1672
Vessels: Royal James (1671)
Date made: circa 1672
People: Walpole family
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London. Purchased with the assistance of The Art Fund, 1968.
Measurements: Overall: 3940 mm x 5640 mm Weight: 36.4Kg

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