This sumptuous portrait of the Dutch naval officer Admiral Cornelius Tromp (1629–1691) holding his naval gun and baton of command, was commissioned from a Dutch artist living in England by Ambrose Elton of Clevedon Court (a property in the care of the National Trust), 'in memory of theire great Intimacie of acquaintance'. He sat for both Borsselaer, in 1675, and Sir Peter Lely, in the same year Charles II gave him a baronetcy, which the portrait may have been painted to commemorate. It was soon after the third Anglo-Dutch War, where he had distinguished himself at the Battle of Texel, and which was concluded with the Treaty of Westminster in 1674. This latter work is in the National Maritime Museum, London.
Tromp was a vain man who reputedly had more portraits of himself than any other person in the seventeenth century; he also had many inns named after him on account of his being a notorious drunk.
Where to see this painting?
National Trust, Antony
Torpoint, Cornwall, England, PL11 2QA
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