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The Battle of Scheveningen
1655
Willem van de Velde The Elder

The Battle of Scheveningen 1655 Willem van de Velde The Elder

This grisaille depicts the last battle of the First Anglo-Dutch War, 1652–1654, and is based on eyewitness sketches by the artist, who has interpreted it as a success for the Dutch. It was more widely regarded as a Dutch defeat, since they lost 15 ships. More disastrously, they also lost their leader, Lieutenant-Admiral Maerten Tromp. As a result the English were able to impose fairly harsh terms at the ensuing peace conference.

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