Portrait of the 'Westfriesland'
Above the drawing is a Dutch inscription. The 'Westfriesland', 78-guns, was possibly built in 1666 and belonged to the admiralty of the North Quarter. She was wrecked in 1683. On the tafferel (the upper part of the stern) there are five inescutcheons on a crowned shield saltirewise (placed in diagonal form). In the centre the arms of Friesland are supported by two lions rampant. On the rail above, there is a figure of Neptune surrounded by arms and trophies with unicorns on either side. There are two shields on the counter (the overhanging part of the stern immediately above where the stern broadens from the sternpost), with a lion rampant on the port side and crossed anchors on the starboard side. The drawing is traced lightly in graphite from another. It is inscribed in brown ink in the Younger's hand on a piece of paper pasted onto the upper right corner, 'Het schiep genamt West Vrieslant bij d heer/Luijt admirael Meppelen Wegens het kollegie int noorder quartier/1666' (The ship called the 'Westfriesland' commanded by Lieut-Admiral Meppel from the College of the North Quarter).
Willem van de Velde, the Younger
Original size: 351 mm x 745 mm
- Image reference: PT2425
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
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