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PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF JOHN PIERPONT MORGAN, 2ND

* Willem van de Velde the Elder
Leiden 1611 - 1693 London
THE BATTLE OF LOWESTOFT, 1 PM TO 3 PM
Estimate
25,00035,000
LOT SOLD. 87,000 USD
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PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF JOHN PIERPONT MORGAN, 2ND

* Willem van de Velde the Elder
Leiden 1611 - 1693 London
THE BATTLE OF LOWESTOFT, 1 PM TO 3 PM
Estimate
25,00035,000
LOT SOLD. 87,000 USD
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Details & Cataloguing

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* Willem van de Velde the Elder
Leiden 1611 - 1693 London
LEIDEN 1611 - 1693 LONDON
THE BATTLE OF LOWESTOFT, 1 PM TO 3 PM

Inscribed in graphite upper left:  B
and in a later hand numbered 11 twice in the upper right corner.

Inscribed in brown ink upper right:  seer hevich gevecht opde noen te 1 uren to 3 uuren toe
[very heavily fought in the afternoon from one to three hours]

and at upper center:  sommige der duijtse ofte hollantse vloot /beginnen te wijcken ende licht afteseijllen redelooos/ ende oock wandevooirtige [the last word finished in black ink]
[some of the German or Holland fleet begin to yield and sail away lightly unsalvageable and also in dereliction of their duty]

Also with numerous inscription identifying the various ships and combatants.


graphite, pen and brown and gray ink and gray wash within graphite framing lines
337 by 483mm; 13 1/4 by 19in
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Catalogue Note

Together with the previous and the following lots, this is one of a very small number of known drawings by Van de Velde that were made as designs for tapestries. The three drawings in the present group show different moments in the Battle of Lowestoft, the first engagement of the Second Anglo-Dutch War.  

At about one o'clock, Admiral Edward Montagu, Earl of Sandwich and commander of the Royal Prince, broke through the Dutch fleet.  We see Sandwich's (Zantwits) ship in the middleground, just left of center, while Rear Admiral Sir William Berkeley (barckleij), aboard the Swiftsure, is just ahead of this to the right, but neither of them has so far engaged with the Dutch.  Prince Rupert is at the left of the English line and Duke of York at the right.  On the Dutch side, Tromp, Schram and Rear Admiral Graef, who served under Obdam in the first squadron, are at the center of the action.

At the bottom of the drawing to the right, Van de Velde has noted that: Lauson met eenige schepen boven uuit leggende/ Om te repareeren ende kalfaten [Lawson {Sir John Lawson, Vice Admiral of the English Red Squadron} lying out above with several ships in order to calk and repair], and the artist has also indicated that: Jonge everts komt/ met 3 schepen inde vloot [Young Evertsen {the Dutch Captain C. Evertsen, Rear Admiral of the Second Squadron} joins the fleet with three ships], but these events are occuring off stage.

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