Auction 126, Lot 812

"Zee-Slagh Vanden Hr. Admiraal Michiel de Ruiter en den Hr. de la Zarda tegens de France Adm. de Hr. du Quesne, by Eylandt Sicilien ontrent der Bergh Aetna op den 22, April, 1676", Stoopendaal, Daniel

Subject: Ships

Period: 1700 (circa)

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Color: Hand Color

Size:
13.8 x 9.8 inches
35.1 x 24.9 cm

A grand sea battle scene between the famous Dutch admiral Michiel de Ruyter and the combined navies of the English and French. The battle takes place in the Mediterranean, near Sicily. The sea is literally filled with ships; 46 are identified in the table beneath the scene. Mt. Etna is visible in the background. Lord M. de Ruyter was a famous admiral of the Dutch navy, who spent much of his life fighting the Spanish in the 80-years war, the Barbary pirates, and finally the English and French. This was his final battle, as he was mortally wounded and died a week later.

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Condition: B+

Sharp impression and lovely color. A pair of tiny worm holes are just inside the neatline at top.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $160

Closed on 12/3/2008

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