This proof print shows the battle near Chatham. The Tour to Chatham or the Battle of the Medway (English: Raid on the Medway or The Dutch Raid) was a successful Dutch attack on the English naval fleet and shipyards in June 1667 during the Second Anglo-Dutch War. It was the biggest loss ever to the English navy and led to a swift end to the war.
Made by an anonymous engraver after Jan Bulthuis.
Medium: Etching / Engraving on handlaid (verge) paper.
Sheet size: 37.5 x 27.5 cm (14.76 x 10.83 inch). Image size: 19.5 x 14.5 cm. (7.68 x 5.71 inch).
Condition: good, given age. Old fold lines. With pencil “Chattam”. Waterstain in upper left corner and left margin. Tear in margin been reatored. Old auction/collection sticker on reverse. Soiling. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.
BATTLE CHATHAM-DUTCH RAID-RAID ON MEDWAY-NAVAL FLEET-ANGLO-DUTCH WAR-SHIPS-PROOF | RB-A7-25
After a drawing in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. This attractive print id a proof print by an unknown engraver, ca 1780. Posibly by Isaac de Wit. Isaac de Wit Jansz. (1744-1809) was an engraver active in Amsterdam and Haarlem. He worked together with J. P. Visser Bender.
Biography artist: Jan Bulthuis (1750-1801) was a Dutch draughtsman and painter from Groningen, active in Groningen and later Amsterdam. He studied under Jurriaen Andriessen and Johannes Wieringa. He started painting landscapes on wallpaper, but later became specialized in drawing city and village views.