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A Dutch Naval Captain, circa 1690-1704

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Object ID BHC3136
Description A three-quarter-length portrait to right, wearing armour and a lace cravat. The sitter, wearing his own hair, faces forwards and meets the gaze of the viewer. His right arm rests on a table on which are placed a chart, part of a cross-staff (a transom or vane with a brass aperture disc at the end) and celestial globe. His left hand is on his hip and a sword hangs down on his left side. In the right background his ship is in action with another, which may be Spanish. Since no baton is shown the sitter is probably not a flag officer. He stands in front of architectural features including a column with a sculpture of a classical figure holding a shield. The flags in the ship in the background confirm the sitter as Dutch. The date of the painting is uncertain although the action taking place in the right background may refer to the Battle of Vigo Bay of 1702 between the Anglo-Dutch fleet and the Spanish. The portrait has been cut down on the left and bears the signature 'T Verleult 1690'. This is believed to be the result of overpainting since the original inscription is indecipherable.
Date made 1690

Artist/Maker Netherlandish School, 17th century
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Caird Collection
Materials oil on canvas
Measurements Frame: 770 mm x 650 mm x 55 mm;Overall: 8 kg; Painting: 565 x 545 mm
  • A Dutch Naval Captain, circa 1690-1704 (BHC3136)
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