Portrait of an English fourth-rate
The ship is viewed from the port quarter and carries, on the broadside, twelve guns on the gun deck, eleven on the upper deck and three on the quarterdeck. It has square decorated ports and the seated and draped figures on the counter are similar to those of the 'Resolution' (see PAH3916). It is probably one of the sixteen 48-gun ships which in 1677 were armed with twenty-two guns on the gun deck, twenty on the upper deck and six on the quarterdeck, but of these she is not the 'Bonavanture', 'Bristol', 'Dover' or 'Mary Rose'.
An inscription in the top right corner has been cut off. This is one of a group of similar pencil drawings (PAH3908, PAH3909, PAH1843, PAF6564, PAH1844, PAH1845, PAH1846) all of which show ships high out of the water, without guns, and possibly made while they were laid up in ordinary (reserve).
Willem van de Velde, the Younger
Original size: 405 mm x 483 mm
- Image reference: PY3910
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
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