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The harbour at Amsterdam; view north, from a reedy bank at the entrance to the south moat, just opposite the 'Rijzen Hooft' with the Zuyder Kerk on the extreme left, in the foreground, a ship laid up within the 'Oude Waell', guns lying on a low wharf and in the distance, a fleet in the river Y. 1634
Pen and black ink with grey wash, tinted with watercolour
Verso: Two studies of a Dutch East Indiaman Ship
Pen and black ink
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Height: 146 millimetres
Width: 373 millimetres
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- This view of the port of Amsterdam was made by Hollar while touring the Netherlands and northern Germany in 1634, a trip possibly made at the instigation of Abraham Hogenberg and/or Matthaeus Merian. Using Claes Jansz. Visscher's map of Amsterdam, Simon Turner has located Hollar's viewpoint at the north-west end of the port, looking towards the Rijzen Hoofd; the drawings of ships on the verso were probably also made at the same time, while Hollar was in the vicinity of the port.
For another drawing by Hollar from this visit, see 1910,0212.106.
Literature: M. Royalton-Kisch, "The Light of Nature: Landscape drawings and watercolours by Van Dyck and his contemporaries", exh.cat. Antwerp and London (British Museum), 1999, cat.no.55; S. Turner, 'Hollar in Holland: Drawings from the artist's visit to the Dutch Republic in 1634', in Master Drawings 48 (2010), pp.84-85.
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- Exhibition history
1958 Apr, BM, Eight centuries of landscape ... water-colours, case 24
1983, BM, 'Wencelaus Hollar', no. 26
1983 Jun-Aug, Prague, National Gallery, 'Wenceslaus Hollar', no. 13
1994/5 Nov-Jan, New Haven, Yale Center Brit Art, Wenceslaus Hollar, no. 7
1999 May-Aug, Antwerp, Rubenshuis, Light of Nature
1999 Sep-Nov, BM, Light of Nature
2019-2020 22 Nov-23 Feb, Prague, Narodni Galerie, Wenceslaus Hollar
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