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Willem van de Velde the Younger (1633-1707)

The 'Royal Escape' in a Breeze c.1675

Oil on canvas | 63.4 x 75.8 cm | RCIN 405211

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Following the Royalist defeat at the Battle of Worcester on 3 September 1651, Charles II escaped from England to France in this vessel, a Brighthelmstone coal brig called Surprise. He was taken from Shoreham on the south coast to F├ęcamp, in Normandy, and thereafter spent nine years in exile on the Continent. After the Restoration, the king purchased the boat, converted her into a yacht and re-named her the Royal Escape. Cat. 9