After the unsuccessful attempt by France, Munster and Cologne in 1672 to invade the Dutch Republic overland across the Hollandic Water Line (the mayor rivers and lakes), the English and French tried to break through from the sea. De Ruyter did his best to block the English marine base at Chatham with sunken ships, but this did not work, so he retreated to Schooneveld off the coast of Zeeland, at the estuary of the river Scheldt, towards the south of Holland.

After the unsuccessful attempt by France, Munster and Cologne in 1672 to invade the Dutch Republic overland across the Hollandic Water Line (the mayor rivers and lakes), the English and French tried to break through from the sea. De Ruyter did his best to block the English marine base at Chatham with sunken ships, but this did not work, so he retreated to Schooneveld off the coast of Zeeland, at the estuary of the river Scheldt, towards the south of Holland.

Material Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 150 x 240 cm