HANS REM, engraver
(Antwerp ca. 1567 – ca.1620 Amsterdam)
WILLEM JANSZ. [BLAEU], publisher
(Uitgeest or Alkmaar 1571 – 1638 Amsterdam)
The defeat of the Spanish fleet against a combined Dutch-English navy, 3 / 4 October 1602.
Copper engraving in 3 sheets (540 x 410 mm each), State II / II
Johannes Remius | Inventor Andoverpianus | Cum gratia et Priuilegio.
Amstelodami | Excudit Wilhel. Ianz: Sub Signo | Solarii deaurati
Below: a Latin verse in 107 lines by Richardus Lubbaeus.
Bottom left: dedication in six lines to the States General and Prince Maurice by Hans Rem.
Mounted below the print: an anonymous and undocumented Dutch verse in 44 stanzas.
Watermark: Heawood 3195-3198
Provenance: Netherlands, The Hague, Meijer-Elten, 1962; Netherlands, private Collection Wassenaar
In 1602, King Philip II ordered Frederico Spinola to equip eight large galleys to sail from Seville to the North Sea to reinforce Archduke Albert’s fleet. The aim was to clear English, Dutch, Zeeland waters of the activities of the Dutch and English and to clear the port of Ostend. Two galleys were already lost on the Spanish coast; the rest of the fleet was destroyed in the naval battle. The subject of this print is the naval battle between the Spanish galleys and the combined Dutch-English fleet.
Johannes Rem’s print served as a source of inspiration for Hendrick and Cornelis Vroom: in 1617, they produced the painting Hollandse schepen overzeilen Spaanse galleien onder de Vlaamse kunst, 3 October 1602. The engraving was a commission from the States General to Johannes Rem to commemorate the illustrious victory over the Spaniards.
The most important maritime print of the early Baroque, bearing an undocumented verse.
Only seven other copies of both states are known.
We can place our engraving between the first and second states.
No other examples of this state are known.
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