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The Arrival of Charles II at The Hague, 15 May 1660

Fine art

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Collection Fine art, Oil paintings, Maritime Art Greenwich
Gallery locationNot on display
PeopleDepiction: King Charles II

Object details:

Object ID BHC0282
Description This painting interprets the events leading to the Restoration of Charles II. It shows the process of disembarkation by Charles II when he arrived at The Hague to be greeted by courtiers in the foreground to the right of the picture. Charles subsequently embarked for England at Scheveningen in the 'Naseby', which he renamed the 'Royal Charles'. Houses line the picture to the left, with the towers of Rotterdam visible in the distance. The harbour to the right includes the ship from which he disembarked and one ship is shown firing a salute. There is a line of coaches and mounted riders, and the advance into the city was led by mounted soldiers. Soldiers also line the route to the right, and some are shown firing a salute. The ordinary people in the crowd have also been included and in the foreground to the right a milkmaid has spilt her pail. She admonishes some boys but does not see others behind preparing to unhitch the rest of her yoke. Dogs frisking in the foreground to the right emphasise that this is an occasion of celebration. The painting is apparently based on prints and not contemporary with the event. The title of the work together with the British royal arms have been placed at the top in the centre, and the artist has signed and dated the picture, 'I.B. / Bouttats / 1738', on a quay stone, bottom right. Bouttats was born about 1680 in the Netherlands and came to England in the 1720s, settling in Hull then York. One of his sons stayed in Hull and another moved to London as a picture dealer. He died in 1743 so this is a relatively late example.
Date made 1738

Artist/Maker Bouttats, Jan Baptiste
Bouttats, Jan Baptiste
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Caird Collection
Materials oil on canvas
Measurements Frame: 960 mm x 1178 mm x 125 mm;Painting: 683 x 897 mm
  • The Arrival of Charles II at The Hague, 15 May 1660 (BHC0282)
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