Eric Parker (biography)Medium:
Watercolour on BoardSize:
17" x 20" (430mm x 520mm)Date:
1968This is the unique original Watercolour painting by Eric Parker.
Admiral John Benbow and William Dampier were two of the most famous English seamen of the second half of the 17th Century.
Benbow joined the Navy after an incident in the Mediterranean. His merchant ship was attacked by pirates. They were driven off after 16 of them were killed. Benbow had their heads removed and pickled. Spanish authorities in Cadiz and later the King of Spain himself heard of the exploit.
The Spanish King wrote to James II of England who presented Benbow with his first Navy ship. He went on to engage the French both in the channel and in the West Indies.
Dampier fought against the Dutch but went on to become a buccaneer. While he spent years ransacking Spanish possessions in South America he is perhaps most famous for his three circumnavigations of the globe during one of which he became the first Englishman to set foot on Australia.
Published in Look and Learn #331 18 May 1968.