"[Untitled - Baya de Gibraltar]", Meteren, Emmanuel van
Period: 1614 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
32.2 x 12.9 inches
81.8 x 32.8 cm
This large-scale 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 Madderer. An inset map at bottom depicts the strategic Strait of Gibraltar. Printed on three joined sheets, as issued. The Dutch title of this engraving was masked during printing, resulting in the blank cartouche at top.
Attractive color on watermarked paper with professional repairs to a tear that enters 8" into image at bottom center (and is now barely perceptible), some tiny worm holes in image, and a chip in blank margin at top right.