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The Sovereign of the Seas built 1637 from an Original Picture by Vandevelde

Major collection: Hart Nautical
Named collection: Arthur H. Clark Collection
Object type: aquatint; etching
Maker: Velde, Willem van de, II; Velde, Willem van de, I; Cadell & Davies
Place made: United Kingdom, Greater London, London
Date made: 1802
Materials: ink; paper
Measurements: 11 in x 15 1/4 in
Nomenclature: British navy; ship of the lines
Classification: ship portraits

A port side ship portrait of the three-decked, 100-fun ship of the line, the 'Sovereign of the Seas,' of the British Royal Navy. With British flags, full sails, and open gun-ports, an officer on the center deck directs men to set the fore mainsail. The Dutch referred to the ship as the "Golden Devil" for her heavy armament and gold ornamentation. She was accidentally burned at Chatham. This print was taken from volume 2 or 3 of John Charnock's 'An History of Marine Architecture,' (London: R. Faulder, 1800-1802). Charnock's book was considered the most authoritative book on eighteenth-century shipbuilding published in England. Reference: British Museum, 1864,0611.92


Related People

Velde, Willem van de, II
Dutch painter, 1633-1707