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The Battle of Nieuwpoort (Battle of the Dunes), 2 July 1600, part of the Eighty Years' War; the Dutch army (including English and Scottish mercenaries) led by Maurice, Prince of Orange, at left, charging towards the Spanish army led by Archduke Albert at right, including cavalry led by Charles de Longueval, Comte de Bucquoy, the battle taking place on the dunes; the town of Nieuwpoort in lower left, the church of Westende at right, the beach with its dunes above, the sea at top; captioned, numbered and lettered throughout the composition indicating different places, people and sections of both armies; two coat-of-arms flanked by lions in top centre; four cartouches containing Neo-Latin text in right corners; second state with address of Hondius. c.1601, later published by Hondius in 1616
Engraving with some etching, printed from two plates on two sheets of paper
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Height: 895 millimetres
Width: 589 millimetres
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- This is a rare survival of a battle print, which was commissioned by the States General at The Hague, probably immediately after the battle. It was most likely hung in town halls to boost morale and commemorate Maurice's victory against the Spanish. Although the Dutch did win the battle, they also suffered high losses and the desired port of Dunkirk remained in Spanish hands. Maurice was forced to withdraw soon afterwards.
These plates were probably engraved by Berckenrode following the battle, around 1600-1601; Hondius re-published the plates in 1616 and 1638 to celebrate the Dutch victory. Another impression is at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, inv.no.RP-P-OB-80.452.
A key to the numbers and letters throughout the composition is given in two columns of Latin letterpress text (see digital image; kept in Location "History 1600 Imp").
Literature: Nadine Orenstein, 'Hendrick Hondius and the Business of Prints in Seventeenth-Century Holland', Rotterdam, 1995, p. 193, cat.no. 326.
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Associated Event: Battle of Nieuwpoort 1600 (2 July)
Associated Event: Eighty Years' War 1568-1648
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