The Battle of the Sound, 29 October 1658 by Willem van de Velde the Elder

The Battle of the Sound, 29 October 1658

Willem van de Velde the Elder

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The Battle of the Sound, 29 October 1658

Willem van de Velde the Elder

Van de Velde has shown himself twice in his galliot on the left and right of the drawing. The battle is viewed from a point north-east of Kronborg looking towards the castle, with the wind blowing from the North-West. The state of the battle at about midday is shown on the right of the drawing, but it is later on the left. The shadows on the ships give no indication of time. When viewed from right to left in the first quarter foreground we can see a bow view of a Dutch ship of the rear; quadroon firing into a completely dismasted Swedish ship, which has sunk to her upper deck. In the background is the church at Elsinore, and farther in the distance, the castle at Kronborg. Wrangel in the 'Viktoria' (pendant above the flag) is shown, with topsails to the mast, making off for the protection of the castle. The vice-admiral of his squadron (Strussflycht in the 'Kronan') is under his stern, engaged with Banckert in the 'Zeeridder'. In the second quarter of the picture is a port bow view of van de Velde's galjoot, close under the bow of a dismasted ship enveloped in smoke. In the background is a stern view of the 'Brederode', de With, engaged with a Swedish admiral (pendant under the flag); men are jumping into boats from the stern of the 'Brederode'. A large Dutch ship of the van (? de pl van wapen) has put before the wind. A stern view of the 'Eendracht', Van Wassenaer, is alse depicted with the Swedish ship 'Merkurius' close to port, a Swedish vice-admiral on the 'Eendract's starboard quarter and a Swedish ship sinking under her stern (probably intended for the 'Pelikan'). Aert van Nes in the 'Wapen van Rotterdam' is on the port beam of the 'Merurius'. In the third quarter is a ship burning to the water's edge with a starboard quarter view of the captured Swedish ship 'Morgenstjernan', in the foreground, sunk to her upper deck close under the bow of a Dutch ship. Another Swedish ship is also depicted sinking. In the background is a stern view of the Dutch ship 'Halve Maan' and a Swedish admiral (flag only at the main) before the wind. Bruynsvelt in the 'Breda' is shown with a large Swedish ship close on her starboard beam and another Swedish ship to port with the inscription 'dese is gesch
Willem van de Velde, the Elder

Original size: 1040 mm x 3140 mm

  • Image ref: PT3044
  • National Maritime Museum

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