The Battle of Chatham

Willem van der Stoopc. 1667

Skokloster Castle

Skokloster Castle
Skoklosters, Sweden

Signed W.V Stoop. This marine painting depicts the battle of Chatham in June 1667 when the Dutch fleet, under command of Michiel Adriaanszoon Reuter (1607-76), sailed up the river Medway to the British naval base at Chatham where they burnt a large part of the British fleet. The British flagship Royal Charles was brought back to Amsterdam as war booty, where its counter decorations still can be seen in the Rijksmuseum.


  • Title: The Battle of Chatham
  • Creator: Willem van der Stoop
  • Creator Lifespan: c. 1620 - 1669
  • Creator Nationality: Dutch
  • Creator Gender: male
  • Date Created: c. 1667
  • artist: Willem van der Stoop
  • Tags: Marine painting, Dutch school
  • Physical Dimensions: w 2360, h 1420 mm (without frame)
  • Artist info: Willem van der Stoop is an artist of whom we know very little. There are no records of when or where he was born or under whom he studied. The same uncertainty applies for his production of works. However, there is a painting signed by Stoop entitled Explosion of the Eendracht in the Battle of Lowestoft which shows similaritys to the The Battle of Chatham.
  • Type: Oil on canvas
  • External Link: Skokloster Castle

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