The Surrender of the Royal Prince, Willem van de Velde (II), c. 1670

The Surrender of the Royal Prince, Willem van de Velde (II), c. 1670

oil on canvas, h 97.5cm × w 128cm More details

In June 1666, the Dutch and English fleets fought a ferocious battle on the southern North Sea. With an eye for detail and a sense of drama, Willem van de Velde portrayed the moment when the English flagship Royal Prince (at left) ran aground on a sandbank and was taken by the Dutch. To signal their surrender, the English crew hauled down their flags.

On display in room 2.15

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