Memorial: M4363

Memorial in Grote Kirk, The Hague, commemorating Admiral Jacob van Wassenaer Obdam  d. 1665.


Grote Kerk, The Hague, Netherlands, Rest of the World


Description: A square canopy on four composite columns, a statue of Van Wassenaer Obdam in armour stands beneath it flanked by a page carrying a helmet and a putto carrying a shield and laurel branch, another putto with an inverted torch and a skull sits at his feet. Behind the admiral, an eagle on a terrestial globe bears a trumpeting fame aloft. Four virtues- Fortitude, Prudence, Vigilance and Faith. The plinth is carved with reliefs of three sea battles.
Type: Monument
Materials: White Carrara meble, red and black Belgian marble; wood
Artists: Batholomeus Eggers
Vessel: Eendracht


Battle of Lowestoft

Event Date


Event Category

1665-1667 Second Anglo-Dutch War


Obdam, Jacob van Wassenaer
Date of Death: 13/6/1665
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Admiral
Organisation: Dutch Navy


Notes: Dutch Admiral. Monument commissioned by the States-General. The inscription describes him as another Hercules who has beaten his way through the flames to reach heaven, hence the standing figure.
Bibliography: William Laird Clowes 'The Royal Navy, A History' vol. ii, p. 262 (London, 1996). Frits Scholten 'Sumptuous Memories: Studies in seventeenth-century Dutch tomb sculpture' pp. 145-177. Eva Firth Wolsdorff 'The Image of Admirals in tomb sculpture c.1600 and after'. (International Society for the study of Church Monuments Symposium 1980).