The surrender of the 'Royal Prince', 3-13 June 1666
A sketch done for Rijksmuseum painting 2470 or for the VdeVI penschilderij done for Leopold de Medici in 1672. Much altered by a later hand (Gore?).
This is a drawing not made on the spot. Instead it is one of many sketches done for a painting by the Younger, of which there is an oil-on-canvas version in the Rijksmuseum (inventory no. SK-A-438). Alternatively it may be a sketch for the large grisaille work the Elder produced for Cardinal Leopold in 1672. The drawing has been worked over by a later hand, probably by Charles Gore.
Here, van de Velde has depicted a port quarter view of the 'Royal Prince' ashore on the Galloper, hauling down her flag. On her port bow is Tromp, with his flag flying in Sweers' ship, the 'Gouda'. Under her stern is van de Velde's galjoot. There are a number of other Dutch ships visible beyond. The jack and vanes of the 'Royal Prince' are incorrect additions by Charles Gore.
This work is unsigned.
Willem van de Velde, the Younger
Original size: 210 mm x 432 mm
- Image reference: PY3879
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
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