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Dirk Langendyck, 1748–1805

British Troops Disembarking

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British Troops Disembarking, 1799

Watercolor, pen and black ink, and graphite on medium, smooth, cream wove paper
Sheet: 9 1/8 x 13 7/8 inches (23.2 x 35.2 cm)

Signed and dated in pen and brown ink, lower left: "Dirk Langendijk ad vivum | 1799"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Drawings & Watercolors
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
army | bayonets | horses (animals) | military art | rifles | seashore | ships
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IIIF Manifest:

Although many British and Dutch artists of the eighteenth century made their careers as marine painters, documenting and celebrating the great naval battles of the period, the Dutch painter, etcher, and draftsman Dirk Langendijk's specialization in military scenes was more unusual. In carefully wrought drawings, which in the combination of pen and ink and watercolor mirror the topographical and marine drawings of his British contemporaries, he recorded the military campaigns waged for control of his native Holland in the later years of the century. This watercolor is one of two by Langendijk in the Yale center for British Art showing British troops in the Netherlands during the Anglo-Russian expedition in 1799. It depicts British troops disembarking in North Holland in the late summer at the start of a short, unsuccessful campaign to instigate a counter-revolution against the French-supported Batavian Republic and secure the restoration of the House of Orange. The faint inscription "ad vivum' indicates that Langendijk was an eyewitness to the scene, although the fine detail and careful finish of the drawing hardly suggest a work executed on the spot.

Scott Wilcox

Wilcox, Forrester, O'Neil, Sloan. The Line of Beauty: British Drawings and Watercolors of the Eighteenth Century. Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 2001. pg. 94 cat. no. 76

The Line of Beauty : British Drawings and Watercolors of the Eighteenth Century (Yale Center for British Art, 2001-05-19 - 2001-08-05) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition] [Exhibition Description]

Scott Wilcox, Line of beauty : British drawings and watercolors of the eighteenth century, , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2001, p. 94, no. 76, NC228 W53 2001 (YCBA) [YCBA]

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