"Zee-Slagh, vanden Hr. Admiraal Michiel de Ruiter en den Hr. de la Zarda...", Stoopendaal, Daniel
Subject: Prints - Ships
Period: 1746 (published)
Color: Hand Color
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.
A sharp impression, issued folding on a sheet with the watermarks of the arms of Amsterdam and "Fin Perigord." There is light along the edges of the sheet and a dampstain at bottom center, just entering the text below the image.