"[Battle of Gibraltar]", Orlers, Jan Jansz.
Period: 1625 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
13.5 x 9 inches
34.3 x 22.9 cm
This copper engraved view illustrates the celebrated sea-battle that took place in the Bay of Gibraltar on the 25th April, 1607. It was a crucial event in the history of the Netherlands' fight for independence against the Spanish. The Dutch fleet, led by Admiral Jacob van Heemskerck, surprised the Spanish fleet that was anchored off the coast of Gibraltar. Within four hours, Don Juan d'Alvares d'Avila's entire fleet was destroyed. The ships of the Spanish admiral and vice- admiral are shown completely surrounded by Dutch ships including those of Admiral Van Heemskerck and Captain Madder.
Some minor soil in the blank margins and some extraneous creasing.