Portrait of the 'Gideon', a 62-gun ship built in 1664 and last recorded in 1689 by Willem van de Velde the Elder

Portrait of the 'Gideon', a 62-gun ship built in 1664 and last recorded in 1689

Willem van de Velde the Elder

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Portrait of the 'Gideon', a 62-gun ship built in 1664 and last recorded in 1689 by Willem van de Velde the Elder zoom

Portrait of the 'Gideon', a 62-gun ship built in 1664 and last recorded in 1689

The 'Gideon' viewed from the starboard quarter with, on the broadside, eleven guns on the gun deck, eleven on the upper deck, two on the forecastle, six on the quarterdeck and two on the poop. The tafferel bears a full-length figure of Gideon with his arms outstretched and a baton in his right hand. Behind him are men at the well of Harod, lapping up water. Above are the arms of Amsterdam, within an oval-profile tafferel with large lions on the quarters. There are similar lions below on the wings above the outer gallery windows.

This is a clear offset, not rubbed on the back, from a very carefully drawn original, possibly a tracing. As Gideon is shown correctly, with the baton in his right hand, it is presumably not in reverse. The Boymans Museum, Rotterdam, has another such drawing from the same original (no. 260-1206). This drawing has been approximately dated by the style.
Willem van de Velde, the Elder

Original size: 386 mm x 498 mm

  • Image reference: PY3883

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