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Other 17th-century conflicts

Printed and manuscript maps, prints and views of 22 seventeenth-century wars


A view of Chatham, Rochester, Isle of Sheppey and River Medway, 1667 (Chatham, Kent, UK) 51°22'44"N 00°31'40"E; (Rochester, Medway, UK) 51°23'15"N 00°30'19"E; (Isle of Sheppey, Kent, UK) 51°24ʹ00N 00°50ʹ00E; (River Medway, England,

1667 or later

Etching with engraving; two views and engraved text printed from the same plate on one sheet of paper; mounted on paper (Mount Type B), mount cropped | cropped (platemark) | RCIN 723131

Two views of the Dutch raid on the Medway, commanded by Admiral Michiel Adriaenszoon de Ruyter (1607-76) in which the British fleet lying at Gillingham and Chatham was substantially destroyed. Second Anglo-Dutch War (1665-7)

These two views were etched by Romeyn de Hooghe after paintings by the Dutch artist Willem Schellinks who based his views on the drawings and sketches he made while he was touring England between 1661 and 1663. One of these paintings is entitled Het verbranden van de Engelse vloot bij Chatham, juni 1667, tijdens de Tweede Engelse Zeeoorlog (Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam acc. no. SK-A-1393 [last accessed 2 December 2017]). 

According to Landwehr (p.15), these views of the Medway raid are the first of de Hooghe's 'Newsprints'.

  • After Willem Schellinks (c. 1627-78) (artist) [top view; bottom right:] W. Schellinks pinxit

    Romeyn de Hooghe (1645-1708) (etcher) [bottom view, bottom left:] R. de Hooge fecit.

    Nicolaes Visscher I (1618-79) (publisher) [bottom view, bottom corner:] N. Visscher excud.


  • Watermark: None visible

    Condition: one fold line; brown discolouration. Verso: remains of Mount Type B; no gilt edges

  • cropped (platemark)

    18.6 x 51.3 cm (neatline of top view)

    18.6 x 51.4 cm (neatline of bottom view)

    41.5 x 52.1 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    Afbeeldingh van de STADT en REVIER van ROCHESTER, CHETHAM, etc. / Aerdigh na ’t leven geteeckent door W. Schellinks Van de Zuydt-West Syde, Waer in klaer Vertoont wert de Victorieuse / Uytwerckingh van de Oorlochs vloot der Hooghmogende de H.rn Staten Generael der Vereenighde Nederlande voorge / vallen op den 19, 20, 21, 22, en 23 Iunii A.o 1667. uytgegeven by Nicolaes Visscher [top view; in banner across top]

    Printed title:

    Het Eylandt Shepey en ‘t Fort Shirenasse / Verovert ende geplondert op den 20 en 21 Juny 1667 [bottom view; top centre]

    Additional text:

    [bottom, two keys: 1-42 relates to the top view; a-i, k-o relates to the bottom view.]


    George III heading: Chatham and Sheerness 19-23 June 1667.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [bottom, left of centre, black pencil, in Miss Evelyn Heaton Smith’s hand?:] dupl in P H.24.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Chatham Two Views of the Expedition of the Dutch, under Admiral de Ruyter, up the River Thames to Chatham, Rochester and Sheerness, 19-23 June 1667: by W. Schellinks and R. de Hooge: published by N. Visscher

  • Subject(s)

    Chatham, Kent, UK (51°22'44"N 00°31'40"E)

    Rochester, Medway, UK (51°23'15"N 00°30'19"E)

    Isle of Sheppey, Kent, UK (51°24ʹ00N 00°50ʹ00E)

    River Medway, England, UK (51°25ʹ10ʺN 00°39ʹ03ʺE)

  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    J. Landwehr, Romeyne de Hooghe the etcher contemporary portrayal of Europe 1662-1707, Leiden 1973

    Mark McDonald, The Print Collection of Cassiano dal Pozzo. Part II, Architecture, Topography and Military Maps, 3 vols, London 2019, cat. no. 3253

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  • 25 May 2024