The Windmill at Wijk bij Duurstede

Jacob Isaacksz van Ruisdael, c. 1668 - c. 1670, painting, SK-C-211

Viewed from a low perspective, the mill contrasts majestically against the dark sky. The buildings further in the distance are the castle and St Maarten’s church at Wijk bij Duurstede, a major city in the Golden Age. The river in the foreground is the Lek. This is the epitome of a Dutch landscape:…

On display in Gallery of Honour

The Battle of Terheide

Willem van de Velde (I), 1657, painting, SK-A-1365

English ships blockaded the Dutch Republic’s harbours in 1653. While leading an attempt to break the blockade, the Dutch admiral Maarten Tromp was killed. His family commissioned this painting of his final battle to commemorate his death. It still has its original frame, featuring the heraldic arms…

On display in room 2.15

Model of the William Rex

Adriaen de Vriend, Adriaen Davidsen, Cornelis Moerman, 1698, ship model, NG-MC-651

Model of a 74-gun Dutch battleship. It was made in Vlissingen (Flushing) and displayed in the boardroom of the Zeeland navy in Middelburg. The decorative stern sports the arms of Zeeland. In fact no such ship actually existed. The name William Rex refers to William III of Orange, the Dutch…

On display in room 2.15

Wine fountain and cooler

Alger Mensma (attributed to), 1731 - 1732, BK-1963-64

This urn and cooler for washing hands and glasses, formed the decorative centrepiece on a luxurious sideboard. Both were presented to Cornelis Schrijver in recognition of his heroism at sea. That is the symbolism of the reliefs of heraldic arms, fish, shells and sea deities.

On display in room 1.1

Fishermen by Moonlight

Hendrick Avercamp, 1595 - 1634, drawing, RP-T-1948-397

Het Rokin met de Beurs

Reinier Nooms, 1652 - 1654, print, RP-P-OB-6686

Fishing Pinks in Breaking Waves

Hendrik Willem Mesdag, c. 1875 - c. 1885, painting, SK-A-2670

On display in room 1.18

Folding Screen with the Arrival of…

anonymous, c. 1600 - c. 1625, AK-RAK-1968-1-A

Gevelsteen met Fortuna

Hendrik de Keyser (I) (attributed to), c. 1600 - c. 1620, BK-NM-10513

Collector’s cabinet

anonymous, c. 1675 - c. 1685, furniture, BK-NM-5671

On display in room 2.20