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In Marvelous Impression :

The Last Battle

in the 1st Anglo-Dutch War

Tromp – Representation of the Bloody Sea Encounter between the Dutch, and English, so lasting three days, happened in August, Anno. 1653. Exceedingly concentrated action during the battle off Scheveningen under admirals Tromp and Monck. In the foreground in the sea and in boats survivors of the sinking Pellican, in the background the coast of Egmont op Zee, Wijck op Zee, and Zandvoort. Title banner above in the sky part as well as legend banner A-T and 1-20 at the lower edge, both in German. Engraving at Merian Sons. C. 1663. 11¾ × 15¼ in (29.8 × 38.7 cm).

Wüthrich III, 199. – From Theatrum Europaeum (1629-1718). – Lower left by old hand in brown ink “5”. – The two vertical folds in the center and on the right resp. just as also a slight box pleat at the middle one resulting from the fold largely, the dog’s ear still affecting the edge line at the right upper corner utterly smoothed out. Some few tiny tears in the white upper margin and a thin spot in the previous fold backed acid-freely.

Marvelous impression

of the large-sized , richly agitated representation

Battle off Scheveningen 1653

of the last encounter in the first Anglo-Dutch war

at the start of which admiral Marten Tromp was killed

and markedly compressing Visscher’s “Laeste Zee-Slacht des manhaft. Ridders M. H. Tromp” – though in reverse; cf. ills. Chatterton, Old Ship Prints, plate between pp. 70/71 – as in its design similar depiction of the event.

The fighting had started August 8th when Tromp on the Brederode attacked with five squadrons the English under admiral George Monck on the Resolution. Bad weather interrupted the battle and only on the 10th the fleets met again and broke into each other’s lines, by which the English not only gained the wind from the Dutch, but their heavier and stronger armed ships proved superior. This the more so as despite of squadron commanders like Michiel de Ruyter and Witte de With Tromp’s death led to confusion among the Dutch and therefore to their complete defeat. The English, however, had suffered a lot, too, and had to retreat. The war ended in the following year with concessions by the Dutch, but England had not achieved its aim of the war – the control of maritime trade – for which it took further armed conflicts in the decades to come.

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