"Het kanonschot" VOC schepen reproductie Willem van de Velde. 'The Cannon Shot' by Willem van de Velde 'The Younger'. Van de Velde (1633-1707) was a Dutch marine painter. A son of Willem van de Velde the Elder, who also a painter of sea-pieces, Willem van de Velde, the Younger, was instructed by his father, and afterwards by Simon de Vlieger, a marine painter of repute at the time, and had achieved great celebrity by his art before he came to London.
On 23 September 1779 off Flamborough Head, England, during the Revolutionary War, Continental Navy frigate Bonhomme Richard, under the command of John Paul Jones, captured HMS Serapis. When asked to surrender his ship during the battle, Jones replied “I have not yet begun to fight!” This painting by Anton O. Fischer depicts the battle at sea.
The painting shows the moment when, unable to return fire on her approach, the battered and bloodied HMS Victory finally breaks through the enemy line with a thunderous broadside, splintering the stern of the French flagship Bucentaure into a thousand pieces. The Victory then rammed the French Redoubtable, the two ships exchanging broadsides at point blank range.