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An English two-decker attacking a Barbary port, ca.1675

BHC0321
Oil paintings

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Collection Oil paintings, Fine art
Gallery locationNot on display
PeopleDepiction: UK: Navy

Object details:

Object ID BHC0321
Description Oil painting: circle of van de Velde or possibly the Knyffs. It shows an naval vessel in port broadside view, and flying the Union at the main (normally the sign of a commander-in-chief) bombarding a fort at the entrance to a harbour town, on the right. This returns the fire. A horizontal-tricolour flag of red, white and dark blue, with three crescents in the white band, identifies this as an Islamic port, possibly intended to be on the North African or eastern Mediterranean coast. Green hills rise behind the town on a coastline stretching from lower right to back left where other English ships (presumably naval) lie in an anchorage. Boats are communicating from them to that firing on the harbour fort and a small two-masted lateen vessel, also flying Islamic colours is making its way out of the picture lower left. [PvdM 11/11]. [The image currently shown here is not the painting of the entry but a misplaced sea study by John Everett (early 20th century): PvdM 1/18]
Date made Late 17th century to early 18th century

Artist/Maker Velde, style of Willem van de
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Caird Collection
Materials Oil on canvas
Measurements Painting: 1168 mm x 1854 mm, Frame: 1415 x 2113 x 120 mm
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  • An English two-decker attacking a Barbary port, ca.1675 (BHC0321)
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