Portrait of the 'Tiger'
Portrait of the 'Tiger', 48 guns, viewed from slightly abaft the starboard beam. She was built in 1647; she was rebuilt in 1681 and 1702. There is a flagstaff forward as though she had just been launched. The ship's ports are all wreathed. There are sixteen sweep-ports, two between each of the gundeck ports except the aftermost two and possibly the foremost two as well. It is probably based on an offset, accurately worked up with pencil and wash in much the same manner as the Younger, but the generally laboured effect is more like the Elder. The slight pen-work on the guns was probably added at the same time as the Younger's inscription. The flagstaff forward suggests that the original drawing was made at the ship's launching in 1681, but guns are shown in every port, which would be unusual at launching.
Willem van de Velde, the Elder
Original size: 292 mm x 594 mm
- Image reference: PY9366
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
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