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The Embarkation of Charles II at Scheveningen
1661
Willem van de Velde the Younger

The Embarkation of Charles II at Scheveningen 1661 Willem van de Velde the Younger

The picture depicts the celebratory embarkation of Charles II for England, following his restoration to the English throne. Charles had been living in exile in Holland following the execution of his father and the rule of Cromwell and Parliament. He was invited to regain his throne in 1660 and arrived at the beach at Scheveningen on the morning of May 23rd.

Taking his leave of those present he boarded a specially decorated Dutch pink. Before it was launched, however, he was transferred to Rear-Admiral Sir Richard Stayner’s boat which took him to the Brigantine, the barge of General Edward Montagu. Montagu’s state barge is in the centre mid-distance. The standing figure in the barge in a black hat, although given little prominence, is at the centre of the composition and may represent the King.

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