Joseph Mallord William Turner Van Tromp Returning after the Battle off the Dogger Bank exhibited 1833

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Artist
Title
Van Tromp Returning after the Battle off the Dogger Bank
Date Exhibited 1833
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Frame: 1054 x 1352 mm, 31 kg, 95 mm
support: 905 x 1206 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
N00537
Not on display

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An important influence on Turner’s marine pictures was the tradition of Dutch sea paintings. In the early 1830s Turner made a series of paintings inspired by seventeenth-century painters such as Willem Van de Velde, and took subjects from naval history.

This is one of four paintings that refer in the title to ‘Van Tromp’, a name that conflates two Admirals called Tromp. Turner’s tribute to Dutch art is coupled with what has been seen as a topical reference to recent Belgian secession from The Netherlands, and his criticism of the British government’s pro-Belgian stance.

February 2010

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