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The return of a Spanish expedition

Oil paintings

Object connections:

Collection Oil paintings, Fine art
Gallery locationNot on display

Object details:

Object ID BHC0746
Description A highly detailed scene showing shipping off the coast. The buildings of a fortified harbour are shown on the right and a number of anchored ships are shown in the bay. In the central foreground a boat from a Spanish ship indicates the return of a Spanish expedition. A man walks into the water holding a plank for the men on board to disembark. Spanish soldiers wearing armour can be seen on board. They are guarding prisoners who can be identified by their hands tied behind their backs. There is a large amount of activity taking place which has been carefully delineated by the artist, as other boats prepare to land. A ship rests on its side in the distance on the right, probably undergoing essential maintenance.
Date made 17th century

Artist/Maker Eertvelt, Andries van
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Caird Collection
Materials oil on panel
Measurements Frame: 661 mm x 1177 mm x 55 mm;Painting: 570 mm x 1065 mm
  • The return of a Spanish expedition (BHC0746)
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