Auction 114, Lot 688

"De Spaansche oorlogs vloot van den Jaere MDLXXXVIII", Anon.

Subject: Ships

Period: 1700 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

13.3 x 10.2 inches
33.8 x 25.9 cm

Fabulous copper engraving showing the famous Spanish Armada of 1588. The fleet numbered over 130 ships, making it by far the greatest naval fleet of its age. It was met by a much smaller English force that employed superior naval tactics and confused the Spanish by setting fire to ships adrift, using the tide to carry the blazing vessels into the massed Spanish fleet. The English emerged victorious. Engraved by Van Luyken.


Condition: B

Bit of scattered foxing.

Estimate: $200 - $250

Sold for: $150

Closed on 3/1/2006