The main vessel in the centre is the 'Eendracht' which was built in 1653, and was the 76-gun flagship of Lieutenant Admiral Jacob van Wassenaer van Obdam. She was blown up, with the loss of her crew and the admiral, at the battle of Lowestoft in 1665, which was an English victory. On the stern is the ship's name and the lion of the Dutch United Provinces. Yet the painting is not accurate in all details; it was made in the 1670s, after the destruction of the ship, probably on the basis of earlier drawings.

Bakhuizen, who was active in Amsterdam after 1650, was trained by Allart van Everdingen and Hendrick Dubbels. Works by both artists can also be found in the Collection ('A Saw-mill by a Torrent' and 'A Dutch Yacht and Other Vessels Becalmed near the Shore' respectively).

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1630/1 - 1708
Full title
The Eendracht and a Fleet of Dutch Men-of-war
Date made
about 1670-5
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
75.5 x 105.5 cm
Inscription summary
Inscribed
Acquisition credit
Bredel Bequest, 1851
Inventory number
NG223
Location in Gallery