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Peter Pett and the Sovereign of the Seas.
1637
Peter Lely

Peter Pett and the Sovereign of the Seas. 1637 Peter Lely

In June of 1634 while on the ship Leopard with the King, Phineas Pett, Peter's father, relates: "His Highness, calling me aside, privately acquainted me of his princely resolution for the building of a great new ship, which he would have me undertake...." Under the watchful eye of his father Phineas, who had drawn up the plans for this great ship Peter Pett so built 'HMS Sovereign of the Seas' at Woolwich Dockyard. One of the largest ships in the world at that time, the Sovereign was a ship of 1,637 tons and was launched on 12 October 1637, after about two years in construction.

Sir Peter Lely (September 1618 – November 1680) was a painter of Dutch origin, whose career was nearly all spent in England, where he became the dominant portrait painter to the court. Except for this one portait of Peter Pett, he is not considered a marine painter.