Louis XIV: Battle off Beachy Head
Artist Jan Smeltzing (active 1650–1693)
Object Place: Europe, The Netherlands
Coin or medal: 73 mm, 12h, 4 mm
Medium or Technique
Not On View
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”.
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").
By 1973, Cyril Humphris, London; 1973, sold by Cyril Humphris to the MFA. (Accession date: November 14, 1973)
Anna Augusta Chapin Fund