(b. 1624, Mechelen, d. 1698, The Hague)

Tomb of Maarten Harpertszoon Tromp

c. 1656
Terracotta, pine, maple, 130 x 80 cm
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

This partially painted (yellow) terracotta relief is a study for the tomb of Maarten Harpertszoon Tromp in Delft.

Lieutenant-Admiral Tromp (1598-1653), the seventeenth-century maritime hero, died at the Battle of Terheide off the coast of South Holland in 1653. In the First Anglo-Dutch War of 1652-1653 Tromp commanded the Dutch fleet in the battles of Dungeness, Portland, the Gabbard and Scheveningen. In the last of these, he was killed by a sharpshooter in the rigging of William Penn's ship.

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