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    Sale 3063

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

    24 - 25 May 2016, Amsterdam

  • Lot 99

    Pieter de Molijn (London 1595-1661 Haarlem)

    The Battle of Lekkerbeetje at Vught, 5 February 1600

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    Pieter de Molijn (London 1595-1661 Haarlem)
    The Battle of Lekkerbeetje at Vught, 5 February 1600

    signed with monogram 'PM' (on the back of the horse)
    oil on panel
    33.3 x 43.8 cm.


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    This painting depicts the well-known battle between Braut and Lekkerbetje on 5 February 1600 at Vught. The incident occurred during the Eighty Years' War after Braut, a French nobleman in the service of Prince Maurits of Orange, had insulted the Lord of Grobbendonck, Governor of the pro-Spanish city of s'Hertogenbosch. A duel between the two was then arranged and each arrived with twenty horsemen (the incident is also known as 'The Battle of the Forty'). However, it was soon discovered that Grobbendonck had sent his lieutenant, Leckerbeetje, in his place. Enraged, Braut immediately killed him, whereupon a violent battle ensued, in which the Frenchman was eventually defeated and killed.