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View of part of Bantam with an attack on the Portuguese fleet of 1601


View of part of Bantam with an attack on the Portuguese fleet of 1601

Alardi, Hermanus / Cloppenburg, Johannes Everardus van / Visscher, Claes Jansz

A view of Bantam with several vessels engaged in combat in the foreground. In the background a pair of East Indiamen flying the Dutch flag. In the background a landscape with palm trees and mountains.

A couple of islands are depicted in the sea, labelled Pulo Panian, De Wachter.

The following topographical names are also mentioned: Strate van Sunda, Hoeck van Bantam en t' Landt van Sumatra.

The ships in the foreground fly the following flags: Dutch tricolour, flag with a Madonna and St Andrew's cross, flags with the Maltese Cross and flags with a St Andrew's cross.

The print forms part of a series of three (RP-P-OB-75.312, RP-P-OB-75.313, RP-P-OB-75.314) and a page of a text with the key (FM-1172) that begins: Verclaringhe vanden ghedenckvaerdigen scheeps-strijt tussschen vijf Hollandsche schepen, ende de groote Armade der portugesen, in het ghesicht der stadt Bantam

At the bottom of page the text reads: By Cornelis Claesz. Boec-vercooper op t' Y Vater in 't Schrijf-boeck, Anno, 1608.

The print features the letters A, B, C and D; the key under FM-1172 carries the following explanatory notes:

A: Is de Hollandtsche Vlote, comende inde strate van Sunda, daer sy tijdinge crijge vande Portugesche Armade.

B: Is de Chineesche Pirau ofte Ioncke, die haer de voorsz. tydinghe brenght.

C: Syn de Hollantsche schepen, comende by de Armade.

D: Is de Portugesche Armade, de welcke meynende seker te zijn, onversiens ende onsachtelijc vande Hollanders overvallen worden.

RP-P-OB-75.312 bears the names: Alardi en Cloppenburgh, accompanied by the note dedicarunt.

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