British Ships Through Dutch Spectacles
Van der Meulen left behind him, in the form of prints, a fairly full and true account of the state of Dutch shipping and craft at the end of the 17th century. Not content with portraying Dutch ships, he tried his hand at foreign vessels, too. In doing this, I am afraid that it must be admitted that he sometimes got beyond his depth, one grotesque nondescript he has patched up with fragments picked alternately from a galley and a Dutch dogger, and, having put both square and lateen sails together on its main mast and topped all with a Turkish flag, he lightly christens it Een Italianse Felouck. The utter badness of these ” fakes” at least has the advantage of making it appear probable that the artist was better acquainted with the British craft.