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    Sale 3063

    Old Masters & 19th Century Art - (including Dutch Impressionism)

    24 - 25 May 2016, Amsterdam

  • Lot 71

    Cornelis Beelt (before 1612-after 1664 Haarlem/Rotterdam)

    The Beach of Scheveningen with the carriage of King Charles II arriving amongst numerous figures

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    Cornelis Beelt (before 1612-after 1664 Haarlem/Rotterdam)
    The Beach of Scheveningen with the carriage of King Charles II arriving amongst numerous figures
    oil on panel
    90.5 x 154.2 cm.


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    This large panel probably depicts the event of 1659 with King Charles II arriving in a carriage and about to embark on the beach of Scheveningen, intending to return in secrecy in order to support a Rebellion against the Parliamentarians.
    The assemblage of people on the beach is decidedly more meager than in the versions Beelt painted of King Charles II's embarkation on 24 May 1660 on the same beach that was to take him back to England for the Restoration and which is described by eye-witness Samuel Pepys as the shore being 'so full of people ... as that it was as black (which otherwise is white sand), as every one could stand by another.' In the present lot the crowd on the beach appears to be more involved in their daily activities than the arrival of the carriage. The 1659 Rebellion was uncovered before it got started and the King's departure was cancelled.