The last day of the Four Days' Battle, 4 June 1666
The Four Days' Battle, 1-4 June 1666, was the first test of the Dutch fleet newly fitted out under the command of de Ruyter. The English fleet was divided in an attempt to hold off the French and on the first two days The Dutch severely handled Albemarle's weakened force. On the third day the English were again united by Prince Rupert's return from the westward and a serious defeat was avoided, both fleets having to return home to refit. The drawing depicts the battle on the fourth day showing the 'Royal Prince' still burning, the smoke from which is seen in the distance ('de brant' and 'ver de brant' with notes as to the colour of the smoke: 'rout', and sky: 'blau'). To windward of her can be distinguished Tromp's flag flying in Sweer's ship ('tromp'). In the centre middle distance is a stern view of Meppel's ship, the 'Westfriesland' ('meppelen'). In the right middle-distance, an English ship cut off by the Dutch ('engels'). Further to the right is Lieutenant-Admiral Cornelis Evertsen ('c evers'). On the horizon to left and right are the retreating English ('
Willem van de Velde the Younger
Original size: 158 mm x 410 mm
- Image reference: PY1786
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
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