Louis XIV: Battle off Beachy Head

Dutch
1690
Artist Jan Smeltzing (active 1650–1693)


Object Place: Europe, The Netherlands

Dimensions

Coin or medal: 73 mm, 12h, 4 mm

Accession Number

1973.554

Medium or Technique

Metal; silver

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Medals

Circular medal of Louis XIV (1638-1715), king of France, commemorating the Battle off Beachy Head.

Obverse: Profile bust of Louis XIV looking to proper left, with long curly hair and wearing a cuirass and cloak by Coysevox; inscribed at edge “INVICTISSIMVS LVDOVICVS MAGNVS”.

Reverse: Louis XIV as Neptune at proper left, brandishing a trident on a chariot, represented with wheels, being pulled by two horses in water to the proper right; naval battle in background; inscribed at edge “MATURATE FUGAM: ILLI IMPERIUM PELAGI”, on marine oar, and in exergue “PVGNA AD BEVES.ANG./BAT. Q.VNA FVG./D.X.IVL.1690”.

Inscription

Obverse: Inscribed at edge "INVICTISSIMVS LVDOVICVS MAGNVS.

Reverse: Inscribed at edge "MATURATE FUGAM: ILLI IMPERIUM PELAGI" ("Speed your flight; to him belongs the empire of the sea"; Smeltzing invokes Virgil's Aenead I 141-42), on marine oar, and in exergue "PVGNA AD BEVES.ANG./BAT. Q.VNA FVG./D.X.IVL.1690" ("Action off Beachy Head England and Holland United, put to flight 10 July 1690").

Provenance

By 1973, Cyril Humphris, London; 1973, sold by Cyril Humphris to the MFA. (Accession date: November 14, 1973)

Credit Line

Anna Augusta Chapin Fund