PINE, John (1690-1756)
[Plate illustrating the defeat of the Spanish Armada by the English Fleet under the command of Lord Howard of Effingham in 1588]
[Pl. III] London: John Pine, 24 June 1739. Engraved plate printed in blue. Very good condition apart from a few tiny nicks and small losses at the extreme edges. Sheet size: 14 7/8 x 23 3/4 inches.
A beautiful plate from a highly decorative series of great historical value.
This fine image is from Pine's The Tapestry Hangings of the House of lords Representing the several Engagements between the English and Spanish Fleets, in the ever memorable Year 1588... Shortly after the defeat of the Armada, Lord Howard of Effingham commissioned a series of charts of the various phases of the action from Robert Adams. Adams' works were then passed on to H. C. Vroom, who produced a collection of tapestry designs based on them. These designs were subsequently woven by Francis Spring of Haarlem in Holland. The completed works were later sold to James I and eventually ended up in the House of Lords. Since almost all of the hangings perished in the fire of 1834 at the Palace of Westminster, the plates from this series constitute the only visual record of these valuable images.
Cf. Berlin, Catalogue, 1677.