[The Spanish Armada Tapestries - The Action off Portland.]VI.
Publish'd by John Pine, June 24 1739. according to Act of Parliament. T. Bowles, in St Paul's Church Yard, & J. Bowles & Son at the Black Horse in Cornhill. [1753.]
Engraving printed from two plates, the scene printed in blue, the frame in black. Outer plate mark 380 x 610 (15 x 24"). Framed. Unexamined out of frame.
A scene depicting the Spanish Armada on the July 23rd, 1588, when the English fleet engaged them off Portland, Dorset. The English Lord Admiral (Lord Howard of Effingham) had formed a line of battle behind the Spanish crescent, but as the Spanish had the weather gage he broke off. The scene is bordered by an engraved frame decorated with trophies and roundell portraits of Effingham and his captains, including Francis Drake. In 1591 Effingham commissioned ten tapestries celebrating the victory over the Armada from the Dutch marine painter Hendrik Cornelisz Vroom, which were hung in the House of Lords at Westminster. Over a century later John Pine, fearing that 'Time, or Accident, or moths may deface these valuable shadows', commissioned Charles Lempriere and Hubert-François Gravelot to make copies, published as 'The Tapestry Hangings of the House of Lords'. Pine's fears were well founded: the tapestries were lost when Parliament was destroyed by fire in 1834. This example is from the second and final edition.
Map Collectors' Circle 4.
[Ref: 28306] £520.00