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The Battle of Turnhout, 24 January 1597, part of the Eighty Years' War; different stages of the battle shown in two registers; top register, the Dutch army (including English and Scottish mercenaries) led by Maurice, Prince of Orange, chasing the Spanish army led by Archduke Albert, past Turnhout towards the Tielenheide at right, the castle of Turnhout at centre; lower register, the battle on the Tielenheide and the Spanish army fleeing towards the right, Herenthals seen in the distance, the Count of Varax lying dead at centre; captioned throughout the composition indicating different places, people and sections of both armies; a cartouche with the coat-of-arms of the States General in lower left corner, flanked by lions; a cartouche with the coat-of-arms of Maurice and his banners in lower left corner, containing Neo-Latin text; second state with address of Visscher. 1597
Engraving, printed from two plates on two sheets of paper, one above the other
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Height: 331 millimetres
Width: 896 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- This is a rare survival of a battle print; other known impressions are at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam (inv.no. RP-P-OB-80.447) and in the Atlas van Stolk in Rotterdam.
It was commissioned by the States General at The Hague (120 guilders) and the States of Holland and West Frisia (10 guilders) immediately after the battle in 1597. It was most likely hung in town walls to boost moral and commemorate Maurice's victory against the Spanish.
Visscher later re-published these plates to commemorate the Dutch victory.
This print is accompanied by a French text describing the events of the battle, indicating it was distributed to France (see digital image; kept in Location "History 1597 Imp").
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2018-2019, Oct 4 – 27 Jan, London, BM G90, Recent Acquisitions: Gozzoli to Kara Walker
- Associated events
Associated Event: Battle of Turnhout 1597 (24 January)
Associated Event: Eighty Years' War 1568-1648
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