Fan, naval engagement scene
Fan painted with a central scene showing a naval engagement in which Dutch ships are battling an English ship. Two smaller vignettes at left and right of the main scene show guns firing from a fort, and a mermaid carrying the Dutch flag bearing the name Zoutman. Fan has floral borders and gold edging. On the reverse the fan is painted with a bouquet of roses in center. Sticks of plain bone.
This fan commemorates a 1781 battle in the Fourth Anglo-Dutch War, which is considered part of the American War of Independence. The Dutch, under Vice Admiral Johan Zoütman, whose name is shown on the flag held by the mermaid, fought the British in the North Sea. The Dutch claimed victory, despite heavy casualties.