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Malcolm Lewis

Depictions of ancient ships are frequently very inaccurate and difficult to date hence, probably,for lack of any replies to your query. I have referred to Brian Lavery’s “ The Ship of Line – A history in ship models” – Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, Maryland” Pub- 2014. The bottle shaped quarter galleries are the best indication of the age of the ship depicted. This feature was incorporated in English ships in the 1670’s. The multiple “bottles” or pods are something of a mystery and as shown would have affected the vessel’s sailing performance. Maybe these were artistic license. The single row of gunports may indicate she was a fourth-rate ship of the line.
Looking closely at the barely discernible ensign on the bowsprit I think I can make out traces of a British white ensign.
I have an antique wall plate with a similar illustration.
Malcolm Lewis