The Battle of the Texel (Kijkduin), 11/21 August 1673, sixth part
Prince Rupert and de Ruyter running back to rejoin the Blue Squadron. Entitled 'The fifth part about five off ye Clocke ...". The drawing is on of a set of seven, others are PAJ2528-PAJ2532, PAJ2534. The battle of the Texel (Kijkduin), 11[OS]/21 August 1673, sixth part. One of a series of seven drawings of the battle, all with high horizons, acquired from the Vattier Kraane Collection in 1932 and which are possibly preliminary drawings for more finished drawings made as designs for tapestries such as those depicting the battle of Solebay at Hampton Court. Van de Velde was not present at this battle as it seems that after the first battle of Schoonevelde in May of the same year the van de Veldes were not permitted to venture out in their ketch because of concerns about their safety, and for this reason van de Velde has not included himself in any of the drawings. It is probable that information was supplied to van de Velde by Captain Killigrew who was present in the 'Bonaventure'. Seven coloured drawings by Captain Thomas Phillips (NMM Dartmouth Collection) correspond in time with van de Velde's drawings, but the ships are shown in different positions (in 1677 Phillips unsuccessfully applied for a pension similar to the van de Veldes for 'drawing and designing battles at sea' for tapestry making.
Willem van de Velde, the Elder
Original size: 382 mm x 1192 mm
- Image reference: PT2533
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
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