Final Battle of the Second Anglo-Dutch War
Large-format news-sheet, illustrated with 8 etchings printed from 3 plates, printed on 3 conjoined sheets.
Striking newsheeet image of the Raid on the Medway, the final engagement of the Second Anglo-Dutch War. A Dutch fleet sailed up the Medway River, where it decimated the English ships then docked at the Chatham naval base. Several English ships were burned to the waterline, and two others were brought back to Holland as prizes.
The images were engraved by Romeyn De Hooghe and published with text in Dutch by Frederick De Wit.
The view is apparently very rare. We note only the example in the Huntington Library.
This example of the view was previously offered for sale by Swann Galleries in 201.
De Wit (1629 ca.-1706) was a mapmaker and mapseller who was born in Gouda but who worked and died in Amsterdam. He moved to the city in 1648, where he opened a printing operation under the name of The Three Crabs; later, he changed the name of his shop to The White Chart. From the 1660s onward, he published atlases with a variety of maps; he is best known for these atlases and his Dutch town maps. After Frederik’s death in 1706, his wife Maria ran the shop for four years before selling it. Their son, Franciscus, was a stockfish merchant and had no interest in the map shop. At the auction to liquidate the de Wit stock, most of the plates went to Pieter Mortier, whose firm eventually became Covens & Mortier, one of the biggest cartography houses of the eighteenth century.