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Design for a medal commemorating the Battle of Nieuwpoort, 1600; a mounted knight (Maurice, Prince of Orange) holding a sword, to right, a battle taking place on land behind and ships beyond, beaded border; circular
Pen and brown ink with brown wash
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Height: 62 millimetres (circular)
Width: 62 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- This is the design for the obverse of a medal ('triomfpenning') commemorating the Dutch victory in the battle of Nieuwport in 1600, and the capture of the fortress of Saint Andrew by Prince Maurice of Nassau. For the medal in Coins and Medals see also G3,FD.351; G. van Loon, 'Histoire Metallique des ... Pays-Bas', The Hague 1732-7, Part I, p.335.
De Gheyn was commissioned by the States General to design the medal (resolution of 29 December 1600). The medal was awarded to those involved in the victory, and is one of the finest of the series issued during the Spanish wars; see G.P.Sanders, 'The awards of the United Provinces', in The Medal (2004), pp.5-12. For an impression in silver in the BM, see M.6912.
Literature: I.Q. van Regteren Altena, "Jacques de Gheyn: Three Generations", The Hague-Boston-London, 1983, cat.no.149.
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- Associated Event: Battle of Nieuwpoort 1600 (2 July)
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- This item has an uncertain or incomplete provenance for the years 1933-45. The British Museum welcomes information and assistance in the investigation and clarification of the provenance of all works during that era.
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