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Iver Huitfeldt's Last Stand by suburbanbeatnik Iver Huitfeldt's Last Stand by suburbanbeatnik
A commission for a client depicting the last minutes of Danish/Norwegian naval hero Iver Huitfeldt during the Great Northern War of the early 18th century. His flagship caught on fire, and he didn't escape-- instead he fought to the end, rescuing the entire Danish fleet in the process. 

In this piece, as fire rages about him, Iver looks to the sky and sees, in his last moments, his father and two mentors. His father, Tønne Huitfeldt, is to the far left; French admiral Anne-Hilarion de Tourville is in the middle; and to the right is Danish naval officer Henrik Span.

Painted with acrylics on Arches 300 lb. cold press watercolor paper. 
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2018
 While two out of three Mentors are clearly mourning manfully over the impending demise of their protege (as befits the solemn tone of this beautiful illustration), Papa Huitfeld is clearly thinking "If you didn't insist on POSING you might have escaped to give me Grandchildren and kill more Swedish!"
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, he did give him grandchildren... plenty of them actually. ;P 
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2018
 ... no wonder the poor fellow feared neither Death nor the bite of that frost-grey sea!
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Nelyasun Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
wow
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Nelyasun Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
:)
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dragondoodle Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gorgeous! :love:
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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