(Leiden 1611 – 1693 London)
The Dutch Fleet under Van Wassenaer Obdam on its way to the Sound, trying to beat around ‘The Skaw’, 20 October 1658, right in the foreground the ‘Eendracht’
Black chalk, washed in grey on three conjoined sheets: 305 x 810 mm
Inscribed by Willem van de Velde I (upper right): Inde Noortzee op Sondag den 20 oct / 1658 smorgens mooij weer eer wij / bij Schagen quamen.
(In the North Sea in the morning with good weather we came near Schagen on Sunday 20 October 1658).
Provenance: Netherlands, private collection
Literature, cf.: G.L. Grove [ed.], Journalen van de Admiralen Van Wassenaer-Obdam (1658/59) en De Ruyter (1659/60), Amsterdam 1907, p. 13, pp. 154-155, 227.
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The sheets are part of a series of drawings of the expedition to the Sont, made aboard on his ‘Galjoot’ by Willem van de Velde the Elder, dealing with the course of events in October 1658. At this expedition two Dutch admirals would ultimately lose their life: Witte de With, on the ‘Brederode’, probably the ship on the right of the drawing, and, Pieter Florisz on the ‘Joshua’, seen on the right behind the ‘Brederode.’The drawings were made on his famous drawing table with rolling technique. The artist was eye witness on a ‘Galjoot’ which was made available by the Admiralty with a skipper. In the drawing, the sails of the ships have been carefully observed and the sterns of the ships carefully delineated. In this drawing Willem van de Velde employed a comparatively low viewpoint which enabled him to show the multitude of sails, flags and pennants of the ships.
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