Fokke, Simon (1712-1784)
[Original etching/ets] Oostende na overgave aan Aartshertogen Albertus en Izabella; Ostend surrendered to archdukes Albert and Isabella; 1604.
View in the city of Ostend, with in the foreground Albert and Isabella on horseback. Left and in the distance the destroyed city after the Siege of Ostend. Both the Spanish and the Dutch were strongly committed in the dispute over the only Dutch-ruled area in the province of Flanders. The campaign continued for more than any other during the Eighty Years’ War. This resulted in one of the longest and bloodiest sieges in world history. Title below: ‘Oostende, na de overgave aan de Aartshertogen Albertbus en Izabella, in ‘t jaar 1604’
Signed in lower right corner: ‘S. Fokke del. fec.’; below: ‘Is. Tirion excudit’. Used in: Jan Wagenaar, Vaderlandsche historie, vol. 9. Amsterdam, I. Tirion, 1753.
Etching on laid paper, broad margins, except upper margin cut; platemark: 180 x 210 mm; total: 212 x 270 mm; left traces of binding, two vertical folds, light smudges and darkened at the paper’s edges. Muller 1219a.
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